This month is crowned National Recovery Month; which means during the entire month of September, families, recovering addicts, and treatment/recovery professionals celebrate in many ways to raise awareness for rehabilitation. National Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). National Recovery Month was brought to light because addicts throughout the country are not receiving the treatment they need or not receiving treatment at all.
In 2016, 21.7 million people (ages 12 and up) in the United States needed treatment for substance abuse; however, only 10.8% of them received the proper treatment they needed. Due to addicts not receiving proper, or any, treatment, overdose rates are at an all-time high. This past year alone, 47,055 people died due to drug overdose. With opioid use rising, that number is only getting worse. Since 2000, opioid use has nearly quadrupled. Out of the 47,055 overdose death that occurred last year, 28,647 of those deaths were due to opioids – nearly 60%.
National Recovery Month awareness is happening across the country. Heartland Recovery Center holds weekly support group meetings. At the end of the month, September 27th, Heartland will be hosting a workshop for families and loved ones called What Can I Say to Convince Them to Quit?. This workshop is held monthly and its intent to help families and loved ones of addicts as well as get them the resources they need. As well as the workshop, our founder, David Lee, will be speaking at the annual IN ARMS: Indiana Annual Recovery Month Symposium in Indianapolis on September 12th & 13th. His topic of discussion is why people struggle with traditional treatment approaches.
To discover more about National Recovery Month and more about what events are occurring this month near you, please visit their official site.