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September Is Recovery Month

The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has several events listed on their website for National Recovery Month. This month is dedicated to promoting the benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery from substance abuse.

Among the events listed:

• Sept 16th: Focus on Recovery-United, Inc. - 8th Annual Recovery Transformation Celebration

• Sept 16-22nd: "Step Into Wellness For Life" - 3rd Annual Walking Challenge sponsored by the CT Behavioral Health Partnership

• Sept 27th: Recovery Walks! Bushnell Park, Hartford

Recovery Month is sponsored nationally by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). They will hold a press conference on the 4th to publish their latest data on substance abuse nationwide and are using the opportunity to promote drug and alcohol awareness.

While those who have either been the victim of substance abuse or have a loved one who was trapped in addiction know the importance of prevention and treatment, the issue may not be as apparent to the general public. In a time where state and local budgets are tight, it’s important to keep substance abuse treatment at the forefront of public awareness. Recovery Month aims to educate the public that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, that treatment for substance use and mental health disorders is effective, and that people can and do recover.

Connecticut residents are encouraged to find out what’s going on in their own communities – what resources are available for treatment and what more might be needed. With a bit of good public relations and heightened awareness, some of the myths of addiction can be dispelled – that all addicts are criminals and not to be trusted, or that addiction only hits the inner city poor. Every addict who can be reached is another chance for a positive outcome and a success story. That’s a message worth spreading.


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