Did you know 22.5 million people aged 12 or older were classified with substance use dependence, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health? On top of that, 11 million people 18 years or older were diagnosed with a serious mental health problem. Sadly, the two challenges often go hand in hand. But the good news is that recovery does happen. Every day, someone finds their way to wellness through personal courage, spirituality, and the support of a caring community.
Chances are, you know someone who is struggling to maintain a clean and healthy lifestyle. You can show your support by attending “Recovery: A Community Affair,” on Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 3:00 p.m. Just head to the lawn area at the corner of Park Boulevard and President’s Way. Join in the celebration of those in recovery, and help fight the stigma that can prevent people with addiction or mental illness from getting the help they need.
In additional to an extensive resource fair, where you can find information about treatment options, local facilities, and behavioral health tips (for alcohol or drug abuse, and mental health), this year’s friend and family-friendly event offers an art exhibit, entertainment, children's area and classic car show.
There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Help spread the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, and that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can, and do, recover.
Ongoing Recovery Month Activities: Learn about other various activities and events held throughout the community during the month, such as treatment program graduations and open houses, on the September Recovery Calendar, and read recovery stories: www.sdads.org.
If you or someone you know needs help with substance abuse or mental health, call for information: 24/7 Access and Crisis Line: 1-800-479-3339.