Recovery from Substance Use Disorders is Possible!
People in recovery are all around us. They are full contributors to our community, participating in business, volunteering, and providing for their families. To promote an even more accepting environment, where people feel free to join others on their path of recovery, it’s important that we reach out to them or speak up for their cause. Too many people are still unaware that prevention works and that substance use disorders can be treated, just like other health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension. We can work together to improve the overall health of our community by supporting behavioral health.
Having worked in health and wellness fields for many years, we at dohi Center have witnessed the positive reality of recovery. Individuals who embrace recovery achieve improved mental and physical health, as well as build stronger relationships with their neighbors, family members, and peers. We need to make more people feel like recovery is possible.
Substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels. They need to know that help is available. In fact, in 2012, 2.5 million people aged 12 or older who needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem received treatment at a specialty facility.
These individuals can get better, both physically and emotionally. They need the support of a welcoming community – one that speaks up for their cause and one that reaches out to lend a hand.
Our community can engage in ways to speak up and reach out by celebrating with us the 25th annual National Recovery Month, an initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
We urge all community members and organizations to join in on the celebration and help stem the incidence of substance use disorders. Engaging with organizations by offering financial or volunteer support can help make recovery possible. Let people know that free, confidential help is available 24 hours a day through SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD). Additionally, you can provide information about local treatment and recovery resources on your website and link to additional information available at http://www.recoverymonth.gov.
To speak up or reach out to a person in recovery or seeking prevention or treatment services can make a huge difference. Together we can help others realize the promise of recovery.
Charlotte M. Test, N.D., B.A., RAS
D&A Project Director, dohi Center for Well-being Chief Executive Director
Timothy R. Test, Ph.D., N.D., M.C.A., C.S.C., C.C.D.S.
dohi Center for Well-being Chief Clinical Director