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Tue, Dec. 10

Initiative focuses on substance abuse prevention, treatment

In 2011, 2.3 million people aged 12 or older who needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem received treatment at a specialty facility, according to SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration). Odds are, you know someone who has struggled with addiction from either legal or illegal substances. The above statistic just reflects those who received treatment - add in all those who didn't qualify for or didn't choose to get treatment, and the number of people struggling with addiction is much higher.

These individuals in recovery have achieved healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally, and contribute in positive ways to their communities. They need the support of a welcoming community to help them on their path of long-term recovery. Fortunately, more than 80 percent of Americans would think no less of a friend or relative who is in recovery from addiction.

To further educate communities about the pathways to recovery and to support people in recovery, every September, people throughout the nation celebrate the SAMHSA-sponsored National Recovery Month.

There will be a major free event at the Yavapai County Courthouse plaza, on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to celebrate National Recovery Month. A huge turn-out at these events will send a signal that Prescott and surrounding communities embrace recovery and support those working in the field to provide much-needed recovery services. You can expect powerful speakers, live music, free food, and more - including tables of information and resources from the local recovery community. Please take advantage of this opportunity and join us. If you don't need the information now, you may in the future. Your presence at this 10th annual Recovery Day Celebration is most welcome, whether you are in recovery or not.

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