Did you know that September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month? Research tells us that approximately 19.7 million Americans, aged 12 and older, struggle with a substance abuse disorder. Accordingly, we are joining millions of Americans in raising awareness about the importance of substance abuse treatment and recovery programs. To help you learn more, let us share with you some information about National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month and how you can get involved.

What is National Recovery Month?

National Recovery Month was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a way to provide education about substance abuse treatment options. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the creation of National Recovery Month. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices of Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.” Further, National Recovery Month celebrates those whose lives have been improved through recovery and provides support to the millions of individuals currently participating in a treatment program. 

Are there specific causes of addiction and substance abuse?

While it is impossible to pinpoint any one cause of addiction, multiple studies show that there are various contributing factors. Genetics, for example, account for approximately 40 to 60 percent of a person’s risk of developing an addiction. Environmental factors, such as family drug use, peer influence, and chaotic home life have been shown to increase an individual’s risk of addiction. Additionally, those with mental health disorders tend to be more at risk for substance abuse than other populations.

How can I get involved?

Each year, SAMHSA creates a Recovery Month toolkit to help both individuals and organizations increase awareness about the importance of recovery. The toolkit includes tips for event planning, tips for community outreach, templates for outreach, as well as resources for prevention, treatment, and recovery services. These free resources can help local communities provide support to individuals requiring support and services, as well as their friends and families.

We know that, for some, substance abuse and recovery can be a sensitive topic. If you, or someone you know, is suffering from substance abuse, we encourage you to contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 for free, 24-hour advice and resources. Do you have questions? We are your local community law firm here to help you. Do not wait to contact us at any time, day or night.