September 2012: Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

WHEREAS, the harmful use of alcohol results in 2.5 million deaths each year, and the economic burden of substance abuse to the U.S. economy is estimated at a staggering $414 billion annually; and,


WHEREAS, addiction is a chronic and often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive alcohol and drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and those around him or her; and,


WHEREAS, alcoholism and addiction are treatable and can be managed successfully; last year, the state-funded substance use disorder treatment system served more than 66,300 people, 41 percent of which had a concurrent mental health disorder; additionally, the state-funded substance abuse prevention system served 600,000 citizens; and,


WHEREAS, a recovery-oriented system of care maintains a broad array of services by working across multiple systems of care, providing individualized and flexible treatment and recovery support services, adopting evidence-based practices, including community networks and resources, and incorporating the voices and experiences of individuals and their families; and,


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


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2012 as Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in Michigan.