September 2015: Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

WHEREAS, Estimates of the total overall costs of substance abuse in the United States, including productivity and health-and crime-related costs, exceed $600 billion annually.  As staggering as this number is, it does not fully describe the breadth of destructive public health and safety implications of drug abuse and addiction, such as possible: family disintegration, loss of employment, and failure in school; and,

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

WHEREAS, Treatments are available to help people counter addiction’s powerful disruptive effects such as combining addiction treatment medications with behavioral therapy; and,

WHEREAS, Treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient’s drug abuse patterns and any co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drug abuse; and,

WHEREAS, Addiction affects millions of people and can be devastating to individuals, families and communities; there is hope for recovery, and there are many paths to achieving recovery; and,

WHEREAS, Last year, the state-funded substance use disorder treatment system served more than 67,000 people, 48 percent of which had a concurrent mental health disorder; additionally, more than 250,000 persons attended state-funded substance abuse prevention programs; and,

WHEREAS, Recovery is a process not an event, recovery oriented systems of care include networks or persons and organizations that provide services and support designed solely for the purpose of individual recovery, and family and community health and wellness;

WHEREAS, For the 26th year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is promoting September as National Recovery Month, with this year’s theme “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness;” 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 alcoholism and addiction in our state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September, 2015 as Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in Michigan.