Journey Healing Centers Community Outreach for September's National Recovery Month

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In honor of September's National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, Journey Healing Centers (http://journeyrecoverycenters.com) announces free Substance Abuse Awareness Nights to educate the public on the national addiction crisis and treatment help available. These community outreach programs are designed to assist individuals and loved ones find solutions for how to deal with growing addictions such as binge drinking on college campuses, prescription drug abuse for the elderly on multiple medications, and methamphetamine addictions.

To support the National Alcohol And Drug Addiction Recovery Month this September, Journey Healing Centers (drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment) is offering free educational programs to provide answers and solutions so no one has to face substance abuse alone. There are alarming statistics that make these Substance Abuse Awareness Nights urgent, including: 75% of the alcohol consumed by adults in the US is in the form of binge drinks (CDC), a 400% increase in painkiller drug abuse in the past 10 years (SAMHSA), and a 90% addiction rate after first-time use of methamphetamines (NPR).

"Recovery Month serves to educate the public on substance abuse as a national health crisis, that addiction is a treatable disease, and that recovery is possible (http://recoverymonth.gov)." These Substance Abuse Awareness Nights will highlight the issues, warning signs and treatment options to assist the client/patient, family, friends, workplace and community heal together. The Journey Healing Centers events will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona and Salt Lake City, Utah (event details: http://journeyrecoverycenters.com). For anyone with questions about these topics or addiction concerns, Journey Healing Centers also offers a free 24-hour helpline: 1-866-774-5119.)

1. College Substance Abuse Awareness Night - To assist college students who are starting the school year, Journey Healing Centers will hold a Substance Abuse Awareness Night. This event can be helpful for parents of college students and/or students. Topics will include Alcohol Poisoning, Binge Drinking, Date Rape Drugs, Depression versus Homesickness, Marijuana as Gateway Drug, and how can loved ones identify and help those dealing with substance abuse. According to the CDC, the proportion of current drinkers that binge is highest in the 18- to 20-year-old group (51%).

2. Prescription Drug Abuse / Elderly Awareness Night - To prevent prescription drug abuse, and especially for the elderly facing problems that often arise from taking too many prescriptions on a regular basis (Polypharmacy), Journey Healing Centers will hold a Prescription Drug Abuse/ Elderly Awareness event. The National Council on Patient Information and Education explains, "Almost 40% of seniors are unable to read prescription labels, and 67% are unable to understand information given to them." Based on these statistics, families should review their elderly parent's prescriptions, side effects, addiction potential and ask questions.

3. Meth Abuse Awareness Night - According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 10.4 million Americans aged 12 or older used methamphetamine at least once in their lifetimes. The professional team at Journey Healing Centers will host a Meth Abuse Awareness Night to discuss the signs of use, how to help a loved one and answer questions. To assist thousands of teens going back to school, Journey Healing Centers is also providing insights on meth addiction in Listen Magazine's September issue that is distributed worldwide to high schools.

To get involved, find out the dates for these free Substance Abuse Awareness nights in September and get advice tips by visiting Journey Healing Centers website http://journeyrecoverycenters.com or calling their free 24-hour hotline 1-866-774-5119 to speak with an Addiction Specialist.

Background:
Journey Healing Centers operates drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Arizona and Utah, and has been featured on MTV's Gone Too Far, PBS, ABC News 15 Phoenix, ABC 4 Salt Lake City, USAToday.com, Psychology Today and in People Magazine. Journey Healing Centers has supported thousands dealing with addictions through Residential Programs, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Sober Living Homes, Family Programming, Aftercare and a Free 24-Hour Addiction Hotline. http://journeyrecoverycenters.com/pressroom

Media contact:
Liz Brown
Journey Healing Centers
310-795-1485

References

Fact Sheets - Binge Drinking
cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm

Prescription Nation
newsweek.com/2010/08/06/prescription-nation.html

Polypharmacy
transitionagingparents.com/2010/01/12/preventing-polypharmacy-problems-in-your-elderly-parent/

Preventing Polypharmacy Problems in your Elderly Parents
transitionagingparents.com/2010/01/12/preventing-polypharmacy-problems-in-your-elderly-parent/

An excellent guide to review and print out is, "Top Ten Medical Tips When Caring for Older Adults", learnaboutrxsafety.org/pdf/NCPIE_Top10MedTipsOlderAdults.pdf

Polypharmacy - one main side effect is falls
long-term-care.advanceweb.com/Article/Falls-and-Polypharmacy.aspx

Meth report - Office of National Drug Control Policy
whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/publications/pdf/Pseudoephedrine.pdf

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