Recovery Month Serves as a Reminder of the Need for Treatment Services

recmo25Despite nearly 25 million people in the United States, 12 or older, needing treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, only 2.5 million actually received treatment. This alarming statistic shows that the focus needs to remain on education, prevention and treatment when it comes to drug and alcohol abuse, especially among teenagers.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a report recently stating that almost ten percent of Americans, 12 and older, had abused drugs in 2013. Of those abuse drugs, 20 million people admit to using marijuana. This makes marijuana the most abused drug in our country. With two states making the drug legal, it is now easier to obtain and more accepted. However, there are studies being done that look into the health risks of marijuana, especially the risks that the drug poses to children. Surprisingly, there is not a lot of information regarding the health consequences of marijuana on the growing brain, an oversight that many researchers are looking to correct.

Being that September is National Recovery month, it is only appropriate to look at these statistics and wonder how more people can be helped. Drug abuse is an epidemic in this country, but the epidemic has a cure – effective addiction treatment and prevention.

“Throughout our nation thousands still needlessly suffer the ravages of untreated substance use and mental disorders. We must reach out to all people with unmet need so that they can return to lives full of hope, well-being and fulfillment,” commented SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde.

While adults continue to abuse drugs at an alarming rate, the amount of children abusing drugs is most concerning. With statistics such as 4.5 million people in this country aged 12 and older reported that they abused prescription medication in the past month, and 1.5 million people over the age of 12 admit that they are current cocaine abusers, hopefully more people will reach for help as a result of Recovery Month activities.

Hundreds of Events Held During National Recovery Month

recoverymonth2013National Recovery Month is an annual observance each September that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions as well as the efforts of those in the behavioral health fields who treat them.

Recovery Month is in its 24th year and spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health. It also promotes that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover every single day.

This year the theme was “Join the Voices of Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness”, which recognized that there are many different ways people can recover. More than 725 events were held throughout the country and over 80 proclamations were received in dedication and support of the month.

With 200 planning partners including government agencies, non-profit organizations, prevention services, treatment facilities, community groups and other affiliations collaborating to plan each observance, there is no doubt that they’re already on their way to making next year’s National Recovery Month yet another huge success.

To learn about some of the events, look at pictures, watch videos and read the proclamations as well as recovery successes, visit the Recovery Month website now.

If you or a loved one are in need of treatment or intervention services, then contact us now for effective solutions.

National Survey Shows Drug Use Increasing In America

samhsalogoCoinciding with National Recovery Month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) just released the latest findings of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

The most recent results show that nearly 24 million Americans over the age of 12 had used illicit drugs within the previous month. The rate translates to about 9.2 percent of the population aged 12 or older, which is up from 7.9 percent a decade ago. Illicit drugs include substances such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana inhalants, methamphetamine, hallucinogens and also the non-medical use of prescription drugs.

Marijuana was of course the most commonly used illicit drug, with close to 19 million users in the past month. The rate of marijuana use in America increased from 5.8 to 7.3 percent in the past five years, which translates into nearly four and a half million more users. People who used marijuana daily at least 20 days in a month rose from 5.1 million in 2007 to 7.6 million persons this past year. That is close to a 50% increase.

Other drugs that showed little change or some rise in usage include heroin, cocaine and hallucinogens.

On a more positive note, reported methamphetamine users dropped significantly in the past six years from over 700,000 to less than 450,000.

For more information and statistics from the survey, visit the NSDUH site and click on 2012. You can also find past year survey information there as well.

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