With the constant headlines about the opioid epidemic and the tragic reality that alcoholism is its own epidemic causing more than twice as many deaths per year than opioids, it’s easy to be discouraged. At Decision Point Center, we focus on hope, and believe anyone can get clean and stay clean from drug abuse. It’s important to remember that addiction is a disease, and that millions of Americans who were former substance abusers achieve recovery and go on to live a life free of substance abuse. These individuals go on to lead more fulfilling and purposeful lives without the worry about their financial, physical, or mental health being affected by illicit or prescription drug abuse.
What Is National Recovery Month?
Every September for 30 years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has announced a theme for National Recovery Month. For 2019, the theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger,” which focuses on getting further community involvement and to raise awareness about addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. The sad truth is that many mentally ill substance abusers never get the help they need, usually because they lack community support to battle their co-occurring illnesses.
You can get involved in National Recovery month by:
- Promoting it on social media and using related hashtags, such as #recoverymonth or #sobriety
- Organizing events in your local community to support addiction recovery, and then posting the event to the Recovery Month website to boost visibility
- Hosting an event to gather key stakeholders in your community to advocate for the key purpose of National Recovery Month, which is gathering community support to tackle mental illness and addiction
Statistics on Drug Abuse Rates in Arizona
Arizona is a beautiful place, but the beauty of the desert setting of the Grand Canyon state is in stark contrast to its drug use statistics. Arizona has one of the highest rates of drug use in the nation. The state ranks in the top ten in several categories compared to other U.S. states, including more 12-17 year old adolescents claiming to have used an illicit drug other than marijuana in the past month, and those aged 12 or older reporter misuse of painkillers in the past year. Since 2013, the number of opioid-related overdose deaths has risen 76% in Arizona, claiming at least 928 lives in 2017, alone, according to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Get the Help You Need to Recover from Substance Abuse
Prescott, Arizona is an ideal setting to break free from the chains of drug abuse and start a new, more fulfilling life. At Decision Point Center, we take a modern approach to tackling addiction. We only used evidence-based clinical research to help those afflicted with addiction and comorbid mental illness. By helping our patients with cognitive behavioral therapy, experiential therapy, recreational therapy, relapse prevention training, and more, we can make a positive difference.
Our goal at Decision Point Center is to help you recover from co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. Contact us today at (844) 292-5010 to speak to a member of our team.