COSA-NCADD will be hosting three events during Recovery Month in September. In 2013, 43.8 million people aged 18 or older had a mental illness according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). However, only 34.6 million people received mental health services. In addition, of the estimated 22.7 million individuals aged 12 or older in 2013 who needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem, only 2.5 million received substance use treatment at a specialty facility.
Often, individuals who experience a mental and/or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year millions of Americans experience these conditions. It’s imperative that we offer support to individuals facing mental and/or substance use disorders. In fact, we need to create environments and relationships that promote acceptance. Support from peers is essential to recovery, so it’s important that individuals in the community get involved by starting conversations about prevention, treatment, and recovery. Too many people are still unaware that prevention works and that mental and/or substance use disorders can be treated, just like other health problems.
Please join COSA-NCADD this September at one or more of its recovery events. For more information on our events, view the Calendar of Events section. To view a flyer, Recovery Month 2015.