Guest Article: September Is Recovery Month
By Rachel Uganski
Project Coordinator for Drug-Free Communities
Newaygo County RESA
We know treatment works. Recovery is possible and prevention is the key. Every September, Newaygo County celebrates the successes of those in recovery from addiction during Recovery Month. It gives us the opportunity to throw stigmas out the door, and recognize addiction for what it is: a disease. It allows us to educate others that people can and do recover.
Recovery Month provides the perfect opportunity for Americans to educate ourselves about substance use treatment and the mental health services available to those in need. It brings...
...attention to the large role mental health plays in living healthy and fulfilling lives.
According to Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), more than 23 million Americans are in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Prevention efforts are key to developing drug-free communities.
Headway, the county-wide substance abuse prevention coalition is dedicated to keeping Newaygo County’s youth drug-free. The coalition is comprised of committed community leaders and local organizations, including law enforcement, school staff, healthcare professionals, and family members of recovering addicts.
Headway believes that by bringing together different sectors of Newaygo County, the coalition will successfully carry out a comprehensive solution to the county’s unique substance abuse problems. Our goal is to achieve sustainable population-level reductions in substance abuse rates. Headway aims to be the catalyst for positive change in the community. Are you interested in joining? Please contact Kaleigh Haase at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-652-3619.
Throughout the month of September, Newaygo County residents are reminded to encourage friends and relatives to understand the importance of prevention, recognize the signs of a problem, and guide those in need to appropriate treatment and recovery support services.
Headway would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to each and every person in recovery today.
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