MDCH Recognizes National Alcohol And Drug Addiction Recovery Month

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

September 1, 2006

As part of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is promoting awareness of substance abuse prevention and encourages the support of those in recovery.

“As the state agency charged with administering state substance abuse services, it is our responsibility to educate others that addiction is a disease, and should be treated as one,” said Don Allen, Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy within MDCH. “We will continue to make positive strides toward drug and alcohol abuse recovery.”

People in recovery from this disease come from all walks of life and should be treated with respect for continuing to fight a difficult battle. MDCH supports efforts to protect the health and well-being of every Michigan citizen, which includes addressing the problems of drug and alcohol abuse that continue to affect the lives of many across the state.

This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Build a Stronger Healthier Community.” The theme celebrates those individuals in recovery and their families. It also salutes the health care providers who continue to help citizens obtain treatment and educate the community about the benefits of treatment.

Throughout September, Recovery Month events are taking place nationwide to encourage communities to properly assess the need for assistance to overcome addiction so that all Michigan citizens can lead happier, healthier lives.

For more information, please visit www.michigan.gov/odcp.