September is National Recovery Month, a time to promote awareness on the impact of addiction and a time to celebrate those who commit to recovery. It is also a time to educate the community on the severity of substance abuse disorders and their fatal effects, reminding us that treatment is not only possible, but also important. Statistics on substance abuse are truly alarming, shedding light on how widespread this crisis is and its impact on all of us.
The United States suffers the highest amount of opioid consumption in the world. 21 million people in the U.S. ages twelve and up need substance abuse treatment, this is more than 8% of Americans.1
By 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide. No other public health crises are as widespread or contribute as much to the burden of illness in the U.S. as do behavioral health and substance abuse disorders.2
Americans are more likely to die from an overdose than a car accident. The odds of dying from an opioid overdose are 1 in 96. The odds of dying from a car accident are 1 in 103.3
Studies show that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover. Our Addictions Recovery Program: Hope & Harriet offers services that take a holistic approach and address mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness for females in recovery.
Each day, many individuals are celebrating their recovery, while others are just starting their journey. It is important to support recovery and encourage prevention, so that we can reverse these alarming statistics and celebrate more individuals who are living healthy and self-sufficient lives.