SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION RECOVERY MONTH Treatment Is Effective And Recovery Is Possible


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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL ALCOHOL AND
DRUG ADDICTION RECOVERY MONTH

Treatment Is Effective And Recovery Is Possible

September marks the 14th annual observance of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. During this month and all year round we need to be dedicated to encouraging treatment of alcohol and drug addiction for all those in need. It is important to know and understand that treatment is effective and recovery is possible.
              
"We are living in troubled times and it is understandable that many people feel anxious and unsure about a world that is increasingly unpredictable. During times of stress and anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse increases dramatically," says Joan Bonsignore, President of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence/ Westchester, Inc. in White Plains, New York. "Nowhere is this more true than among those who have a chemical dependency and a co-occurring mental disorder. Too often they go undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or slip through the cracks entirely. Even among those who are properly diagnosed, treatment is often fragmented. Often there are two separate systems of treatment, one for those with substance abuse disorders and a different system for those with mental disorders, yet good medicine and common sense, tell us that treatment is most effective when the needs of the whole person are addressed. If one disorder is treated and not the other that person is at high risk for continued problems associated with both conditions."

"The reason I drank and used drugs is a very simple one, I enjoyed the feeling of comfort and ease, but at the same time my life crumbled around me," said 30 year old Alice, a recovered alcoholic and drug-user. "I went through a recovery program and was taught by people who went
through the same program and now have successful lives themselves. This meant a lot to me. Everyone in the recovery program was a cured alcoholic and/or drug user, and that is what I
craved for myself. Now I am happy to say I have not taken a drink or used drugs and I have now found true happiness in my life. I have a social life filled with wonderful people and I have a beautiful daughter. I love being a mother, and being successful at all the different things I have been doing for the last three years. I attended college and graduated this past year with highest honors."

"I hope that my experience can be an inspiration for others," Alice added. "There was a time when I did not believe I could ever get well, but I successfully recovered, and others can do the same."

If you or someone you know is seeking help or, you would simply like more information about how you can help and/or join a chapter of Voices for Recovery, call the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence/Westchester, Inc. at 949-8500.

Mission Statement
The Mission at the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence/ Westchester Inc. is to provide information, education, prevention, and referrals. Their goal is to educate the public regarding the disease of alcoholism and chemical dependency and to help eradicate the stigma surrounding the disease.