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Recovery Month is around the corner

August 29, 2012
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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Earlier this year, a study was released by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) that found that 10 percent of Americans, ages 18 and over, consider themselves to be in recovery from either alcohol or drug abuse issues.  With these findings, it was indicated that there are 23.5 million American adults who are overcoming addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. 

The survey included 2,526 adults that live in the United States and were split fairly evenly, with 1,272 male and 1,254 female respondents.  Another finding of the survey was that more males admit that they are in recovery than females (12 percent v. 7 percent).  Also, it was found that the middle-aged respondents (35-44) had the highest reports of being in recovery as compared to younger respondents (18-34) and adults were 50 years and older.

Cue Recovery Month

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced that their Recovery Month will kick-off September 6, with a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.  At the press conference, SAMHSA will announce the latest data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and will host guest speakers from other federal agencies as well as people that are currently in recovery to share their stories.

Recovery Month is not just to promote benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for substance use disorders, but also for mental disorders.  Throughout the month, the organization will take the time to recognize and celebrate people in recovery, and to applaud treatment centers and service providers for their contributions in the recovery world.

SAMHSA Recovery Month events will be happening all over the country throughout the month of September.

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