President Declares September to be National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
On August 31st, 2017, President Trump declared the month of September to be National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.
In a statement released by The White House, Trump declared his intention to raise awareness of the epidemic affecting our nation, stating in part that, “My Administration is committed to lifting our Nation from this tragic reality.”
On the heels of International Overdose Awareness Day, the commemoration of Recovery Month has been recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for 27 years.
SAMHSA states that Recovery Month “celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.”
According to a national survey, ten percent of American adults today identify as being in recovery from addiction or alcoholism. A larger number of adults admit to substance use—but do not receive or seek the treatment that they need.
Through awareness initiatives such as Recovery Month, groups seek to lessen the continued stigmas associated with addiction and being in recovery, and to create better opportunities for those who need treatment.
“During National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, and throughout the year, let us remember those who have bravely conquered their addiction. We also pray for those currently suffering so they may, through effective treatment and the strength of family and friends, transform their lives,” Trump’s statement read.
As we create a conversation about addiction, we discover ways to improve upon existing standards in addiction treatment, and are better able to provide prevention resources to today’s youth.
Combatting the addiction epidemic will be no easy feat, though through taking small steps, we will be able to help those who are suffering, to honor those we have lost, and to light the way for future generations.
Learn more about how you can become involved with Recovery Month here.