September Is National Alcohol, Drug Addiction Recovery Month
An estimated 800,000 Georgians are directly affected by substance use disorders, which is why the Georgia Department of Human Resources has almost doubled the number of treatment programs over the last 12 months.
Addiction problems, including those associated with methamphetamine use, can take an enormous toll on the lives and families of people with drug addictions, as well as on productivity in the workforce. Several organizations across the state will host community events during September to support people with addictions and to offer support for family members. The events are part of the 18th annual observance of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.
"The national observance allows us to communicate to people with addictions that treatment works," said Gwen Skinner, Director for the Georgia Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases.
The Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR), Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases has made a concerted effort to increase the ability to access substance abuse treatment for Georgia citizens in need of such services. Since 2006, DHR has almost doubled the number of treatment programs for adults and youth.
There are currently 45 agencies that are funded by DHR as core providers of mental health and addiction services. In August of this year, the agency trained 240 treatment professionals at the First Annual Georgia School of Addiction Studies in order to help prepare the workforce for the challenges faced by those seeking treatment and recovery.
Recovery Month is a nationwide celebration of people in recovery from substance use disorders and the treatment providers who help them reclaim their lives and reintegrate into the community. Discussions on how to address the costs and benefits of treatment and recovery will be the main focus.