With the start of a new school year, a new football season and the transition into fall, the month of September seems to fly by every year. But let’s not forget what else September stands for: National Recovery Month. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month and September 2015 marks its 26th year. The national observance educates Americans that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and DO recover.
Initially, substance use may be a person’s choice. But when addiction takes over, self-control is lost and treatment is necessary. Addiction is a chronic and complex disease. Craving, seeking and abusing substance not only affects organs in the body, but the brain as well.
Addiction is seen as a brain disease because of the way it changes the brain’s structure and how it works. The affect substance abuse has on a brain can change a person’s ability to think clearly and control behavior.
- One in every twelve adults suffer from alcohol abuse
- More than 90,000 people die yearly from alcohol and drug abuse
- 480,000 people die each year from tobacco use
Those who suffer from a substance use disorder may feel lonely and helpless, but there is help within reach. Recovery can happen at any point. Sponsors and supporters come together during Recovery Month to host local community events. The numerous recovery and awareness events educate Americans that those suffering from a substance use disorder, can successfully recover to live a healthy, fulfilling life.
Recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is happening everyday and it is something to celebrate about. Read personal stories from those who have shared the power of recovery. http://www.recoverymonth.gov/personal-stories/read
If you know someone who is in need of help or a recovery group, please contact the Metropolitan Drug Commission.