September 2018: Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

WHEREAS, substance use disorder is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the individual and those around them.  Substance use disorder is a brain disease because the abuse of drugs and alcohol leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain; and,

WHEREAS, abuse of tobacco, alcohol, prescription opioids, and illicit drugs is costly to our nation, exacting more than $820 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care; and,

WHEREAS, illicit drug use costs the United States approximately $193 billion annually, prescription opioids overdose, abuse, and dependence cost $78.5 billion annually, and excessive alcohol use costs the country approximately $249 billion annually; and,

WHEREAS, in the long-term, substance abuse may lead to mental and physical effects such as paranoia, psychosis, immune deficiencies, and organ damage that will require treatment to resolve; and,

WHEREAS, adolescent use of prescription drugs had rose four of the past five years, it remained stable in 2017. Two factors have led to the increase in abuse - the availability of prescription drugs is increasing from many sources, and many adolescents believe that prescription drugs are safer to take than street drugs; and,

WHEREAS, like other chronic, relapsing diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, substance use disorder can be managed successfully; and,

WHEREAS, today, when individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders seek help, they are met with the knowledge and belief that anyone can recover and/or manage their conditions successfully; and,

WHEREAS, a person’s recovery is built on his or her strengths, talents, coping abilities, resources, and inherent values. It is holistic, addresses the whole person and their community, and is supported by peers, friends, and family members; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and various community networks to celebrate recovery and raise awareness of recovery-oriented systems of care working to prevent and treat substance use disorders in our state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2018 as Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in Michigan.