Every September, the nation celebrates National Recovery Month, a month to reflect on the progress of recovery and focus on change that needs to be made across the nation. Recovery is possible, but many people are still struggling today – about 21.5 million.
In Southeast Minnesota, this is no different. Our friends and family members across the region are struggling every day, and it's important to stay educated on what recovery is, how addiction is impacting our community and our country, and what to do when you or someone you know are facing struggles with substance use disorder.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) authored a fact sheet this September, and here are a few highlights to stay informed about substance use disorder in America:
- 1 in 10 people are affected by addiction
- 1 in 2 alcohol users admits to an episode of binge drinking
- 1 in 4 people are tobacco users
- 21.7 million are in need of treatment services for substance use disorder, but only 2.3 million people receive the services they need
- 8.1 million people are struggling with a co-occurring disorder, meaning they are struggling with both substance use disorder and a mental illness.
Although these numbers seem daunting, there is hope – because recovery is possible and you are not alone. There are more than 23 million people living in recovery today, and in our community, there are many shining examples that you can live a thriving life without substances.
And treatment is just the beginning.
At Common Ground, we're here to support you. We provide family programming, treatment for co-occurring disorders and outpatient treatment in Rochester, MN and the surrounding communities of Red Wing and Winona.
No matter what, remember that recovery is just around the corner and there are million across the country – and thousands in our community – who are living proof that a next chapter of recovery is ready and waiting. If you're ready to take the next step of recovery, here's what you can do:
- Call a treatment center or your local county to learn more about available services, funding or to schedule a chemical use assessment. A counselor can help you navigate this, too.
- Talk to your support system – like family and friends – and be honest about your struggle and your desire to get help. The key to a strong recovery is a strong, healthy support system. It's never too early to start reaching out for support.
- While you're waiting to start treatment or if you're waiting for your assessment appointment, look for available support groups, whether that's AA, NA, SMART Recovery or Celebrate Recovery.
As Recovery Month 2017 comes to an end, we're grateful to be serving our community and to help people find recovery every day. Contact us today if you're in need of treatment services or are ready to start your journey of recovery.