Experts in the plight of addiction and the hope of recovery are spreading the word during the month of September, tabbed as National Recovery Month.
At the Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services Inc., local therapists and counselors are coordinating with national programs to ramp up their ongoing battle against those who suffer from a wide variety of addictions.
“Addiction is a progressive disease, that can eventually lead to death,” said Vicki Ley, director of Addiction Services at The Bowen Center.
Recovery means life, a fresh start. It takes a great deal of courage to take that first step on the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Bowen Center can help you take that step, and provide you with the tools that make recovery possible.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.
Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.
The theme for this years National Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness.
“We (The Bowen Center) have helped many men, women, and teens get their lives back on track and start enjoying the many gifts that recovery brings,” said Ley. Bowen Centers alcohol and drug treatment services include a Relapse Prevention treatment.
According SAMHSAs website, it is estimated that behavioral health conditions which include mental and/or substance use disorders will surpass physical conditions as the major cause of disability in the United States by 2020.