Thursday, August 18, 2005

September is Drug Addiction Recovery Month

www.DrugAddictionHelpLine.com

Across the nation, plans are well under way for the 16th annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (September), started and sponsored by the federal government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) organization. According to SAMHSA, this year's theme is "Join the Voices for Recovery: Healing Lives, Families, and Communities," which celebrates the positive impact of treating alcohol and drug use in communities.

In the year 2000, drug abuse cost American society an estimated $160 billion. More important were the concrete losses that are imperfectly symbolized by those billions of dollars—the destruction of lives, the damage of addiction, fatalities from car accidents, illness, and lost opportunities and dreams. Drug abuse drives some of America’s most costly social problems—including domestic violence, child abuse, chronic mental illness, the spread of AIDS, and homelessness.

Drug treatment costs, hospitalization for long-term drug-related disease, and treatment of the consequences of family violence burden our already strapped health care system. In 2000, there were more than 600,000 hospital emergency department drug episodes in the United States. Health care costs for drug abuse alone were about $15 billion. SAMHSA reports that there are over 22 million Americans in need of treatment for a drug or alcohol problem.

Recovery Month builds awareness among individuals, organizations, schools, and communities that alcohol and drug addiction can be overcome. For help with overcoming addiction or to request drug education personnel to your school or group, go to www.DrugAddictionHelpLine.com

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