September is National Recovery Month

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This September marks the 22nd Annual National Recovery Month,  a national observance  that honors individuals in long-term recovery and the treatment and recovery service providers that make recovery possible. National Recovery Month reminds Americans that treatment for chemical and alcohol dependence is effective , and that people can and do recover. It is a celebration of the accomplishments of millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery.

From the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) website:

Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It can be wrongfully assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Through scientific advances, we know more about how drugs work in the brain than ever, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives.

For more information on National Recovery Month or to find an event in your area, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) website here.

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