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Release Date: August 19, 2008
According to the latest national figures, as many as 22.6 million people aged 12 or older in the United States are currently facing a substance use disorder.
September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
This year's recovery month theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Real People, Real Recovery," encourages us all to learn how to help those suffering from substance use disorders.
According to the latest national figures, as many as 22.6 million people aged 12 or older in the United States are currently facing a substance use disorder. This is more than the number of people living with coronary heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease combined. Research shows that substance use disorders are medical conditions that can be effectively treated. Treatment for substance use disorders is just as effective as treatments for other chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes. These disorders also take a toll on the families of these individuals, as well as the communities in which they live. Treatment and long-term recovery from substance use disorders can offer people a renewed outlook on life.
It is critical to offer people and their families the treatment and recovery support they need for substance use disorders so they may lead more productive and fulfilling lives, personally and professionally. Four million of those with a substance use disorder have made the courageous choice to seek out the treatment they need and embark on a path of recovery. Their achievements and successes should be recognized and celebrated.
By educating our community members that substance use disorders are a treatable yet serious health care problem, and by treating them like other chronic diseases, we can improve the quality of life of the entire community. Studies have consistently found that individualized treatment is essential for people to be successful in their path of recovery. By offering a forum where individuals can share their personal stories of long-term recovery, others can be inspired to ask for help and improve their own lives, the lives of their families, and the community as a whole.
For more information about treatment for substance use disorders in Sussex County, contact Cindy Armstrong, Substance Abuse Coordinator at 973-948-6000, ext 225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.