September 2016: Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

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

WHEREAS, abuse of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs is costly to our nation, exacting more than $700 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care; and,

WHEREAS, illicit drug use costs the United States approximately $181 billion annually, and excessive alcohol use costs the country approximately $235 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 abuse of prescription drugs has continued to rise over the past five years. Two factors have led to the increase in abuse: the availability of prescription drugs increasing from many sources, and many adolescents believing that prescription drugs are safer to take than street drugs; and,

WHEREAS, similar to other chronic, relapsing diseases such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease, drug addiction 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. A person’s recovery 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 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 2016 as Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in Michigan.