All around us in Solano County, people are in recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders.
They are contributing to our businesses, connecting with their families and giving back to the community. But if we want more people to join them on a path of recovery, we need to take action – now. Too many people are still unaware that treatment works and that these conditions can be treated, just like we can treat other chronic, recurring health disorders such as diabetes and hypertension.
We need to work together to make recovery the expectation.
Having been in recovery from alcoholism for the past 27 years and having been in the treatment field since 2000, I have seen firsthand the benefits of recovery. Individuals who embrace recovery achieve improved mental and physical health, as well as stronger relationships and a sense of self-worth. Substance use disorders do not discriminate – they affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions and socio-economic levels.
We can’t get discouraged by the prevalence of these problems, because help is available. In fact, in 2010, 2.6 million people nationwide age 12 or older who needed treatment for an illicit drug- or alcohol-use problem received treatment at a specialty facility in the past year.
To further educate communities about the pathways to recovery and to support people in recovery, every September, people throughout the nation celebrate National Recovery Month, an initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Substance abuse administrator
Health and Social Services, County of Solano