September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month


September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

For the past 27 years, September has been recognized as National Recovery Month sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). A proclamation by President Trump on the White House website calls for acknowledgement of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month through ceremonies, activities and programs which advocate addiction recovery.

“We stand with millions of Americans in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, and their families and loved ones,” the proclamation states. “…This month, we emphasize to all those suffering that recovery is possible.”

SAMHSA’s observation of National Recovery Month aims to increase addiction awareness and the understanding of substance abuse disorders, as well as pay tribute to those who have successfully recovered from addiction. SAMHSA announces a different theme for National Recovery Month each year—this year, the theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.”

Trump’s proclamation stated that the administration is “taking a proactive approach to support State and local communities.” The president has added over $500 million dollars to the Department of Health & Human Services budget in order to increase access to opioid recovery treatment. Trump also announced a $2.6 billion request in the 2018 budget proposal to be used toward boarder control, allegedly protecting the United States from drug trafficking.

“During National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, and throughout the year, let us remember those who have bravely conquered their addiction,” writes the White House website proclamation. “We also pray for those currently suffering so they may, through effective treatment and the strength of family and friends, transform their lives.”

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