Celebrating 50 Years

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Recovery Month

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Find Time to Support Peers

Often, individuals who experience a mental and/or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year millions of Americans experience these conditions. It's imperative that we offer support to individuals facing mental and/or substance use disorders. In fact, we need to create environments and relationships that promote acceptance. Support from peers is essential to recovery, so it's important that individuals in the community get involved by starting conversations about prevention, treatment, and recovery. Too many people are still unaware that prevention works and that mental and/or substance use disorders can be treated, just like other health problems.

At the Council, we witness the positive reality of recovery. Individuals who embrace recovery achieve improved mental and physical health, as well as form stronger relationships with their neighbors, family members, and peers. We need to make more people feel like recovery is possible.

Mental and/or substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels. They need to know that help is available. In fact, in 2013, 34.6 million adults aged 18 or older received services for mental illness in the past year, and 2.5 million people aged 12 or older who needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem received treatment at a specialty facility.

These individuals can get better, both physically and emotionally, with the support of a welcoming community.

Community members can be change agents for spreading the message that recovery works by celebrating the annual National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), an initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Alcohol & Drug Council is celebrating Recovery Month to honor individuals and families who are in long-term recovery.

We urge all community members and organizations to join the celebration and help stem the incidence of mental and/or substance use disorders. Engaging with organizations by offering financial or volunteer support can help make recovery possible. Let people know that free, confidential help is available 24 hours a day through SAMHSA's National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD). Additionally, you can provide information about local treatment and recovery resources on your website and link to additional information available at http://www.recoverymonth.gov.

Offering support to those experiencing mental and/or substance use disorders can make a huge difference. Together we can help others realize the promise of recovery.


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The Council's Mission

The Council offers hope and recovery to people struggling with addictive behaviors and strengthens our community through prevention and education programs.

The Council's Core Values

HOPE -   Our attitude, relationships and skills project the belief that positive change can occur and goals can be achieved.

CARING & COMPASSION -  We understand that those we serve have needs for caring and compassion as they do the hard work of addressing their addiction. We communicate this from our initial welcoming message and continue throughout their stay. Our staff has similar needs, and to be effective, we need to encourage a culture of caring and compassion for each other.

COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE -  Our services reflect a thorough understanding of the strengths and needs of those we serve and offer a range of high quality, evidence-based practices in the field of addiction. We continuously improve our services through assessing our outcomes, our wise use of resources, responding to changing community needs and supporting the development of our staff.

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