Nearly 24 million Americans sought out substance abuse rehabilitation in 2009. To honor those individuals, the United States observes and celebrates National Recovery Month every September.
People suffer from substance abuse for various reasons, although many are misunderstood. Myths include believing that drug addiction is voluntary or a character flaw. Others believe addicts can stop whenever they want to or that treatment simply doesn't work. Every September, educators around the country look to dispel and replace these fictitious assumptions with facts.
Now in its 23rd year, educators also use National Recovery Month to highlight substance abuse symptoms and treatments. Some symptoms may include becoming more isolated, spending time with the wrong group of people or relying on drugs or alcohol to increase happiness. Abusers are also more likely to push away friends and family.
Victims can treat substance abuse in many ways, such as receiving help from professionals and support from family and friends. It's important to help victims understand that, while addiction is not curable, it is treatable. Because they may feel confused and overwhelmed trying to understand healing methods, educators use National Recovery Month to underscore tools for recovery.
There are many ways you can observe and help victims this September. Many towns across the U.S. host volunteer groups which put on parades or manage fundraisers. You can also check out anti-drug and alcohol websites which often contain links to donate to charities.
If you know a person who is struggling with substance abuse, don't hesitate to call Fairwinds Treatment center. Dr. M.K (Khal) El-Yousef, who founded Fairwinds 25 years ago, uses a Dual Diagnosis method to treat substance abuse patients. Dual Diagnosis combines clinical treatments and therapeutic treatments to pin point the underlying cause of addiction and potential treatment methods.