"Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible." Faces and Voices of Recovery is pleased to host the new site for Recovery Month, now in its 31st year. For YWCA Northeast Indiana, September is 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.
"Misuse of prescription opioids, CNS depressants, and stimulants is a serious public health problem in the United States. Although most people take prescription medications responsibly, in 2017, an estimated 18 million people (more than 6 percent of those aged 12 and older) have misused such medications at least once in the past year." 1
"Drug overdose emergencies are not on hold just because we are in the middle of a pandemic," said William Jaquis, MD, FACEP, president of ACEP. "In fact, reports show that overdoses are sending an increasing number of people to the emergency department over the last several months." 2
"Accidental drug overdose is currently the leading cause of death in the United States for those under 50. Drug overdose deaths now exceed those attributable to firearms, car accidents, homicides, or HIV/AIDS. More Americans died from a drug overdose in 2017 alone than died in the entire Vietnam War." 3
"In 2018, accidental drug overdose was the leading cause of death among persons under the age of 45." 5
In 2018, 1,629 people in Indiana died from drug overdose. 6
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.