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When battling any addiction type, find strength in numbers

With numbers like this, it's highly likely you know someone who finds support for an addiction through a self-help group. New data indicates that 2.3 million people who participate in self-help groups for alcohol or illicit drug use currently abstain from use of these substances. A nationwide survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) about the use and benefits of these groups also found:

• An annual average of 5 million persons aged 12 or older attended a self-help group in the past year because of their use of alcohol or illicit drugs.

• 45.1 percent of past year self-help group participants did not use alcohol or illicit drugs in the past month.

"This report adds to the substantial body of research indicating that participation in self-help groups can help support people battling substance abuse problems," said SAMHSA acting administrator Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H. "Self-help groups often are used in conjunction with specialty treatment and to support individuals seeking help or sustaining their recovery."

The Prescott area has a large number of self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, church-based groups, and many more that meet at various times and locations each week. For more information, call 445-5211, ext. 2703.

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