Paterson, New Jersey (PRWEB) August 28, 2014
The prevalence of mental and substance use disorders is high – nearly 1 out of every 5 adults in the United States – about 43.7 million people – has a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety disorders, or schizophrenia, and approximately 22 million have been classified with substance dependence or abuse. This data is obtained as part of 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Given the widespread impact and societal cost of these behavioral health conditions, it’s important for communities to make prevention, treatment, and recovery support available and accessible for all who need them. To showcase these issues' impact on the local community, hundreds of Passaic County residents will join forces on September 6th to celebrate National Recovery Month with an organized walk. Registration starts at 8:30 am from 77 Hamilton Street and proceeding to East Side Park in Paterson, NJ. The event is sponsored by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Recovery Center at Eva’s Village, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD-NJ), the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Turning Point and Straight & Narrow.
The purpose of National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) (http://www.recoverymonth.gov) is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance’s main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
Recovery Month highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery and also honors the prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible, and also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.
Agencies that provide treatment services and recovery supportive services in Passaic County want to raise awareness of the importance of one's overall health and well-being, the critical need for professional treatment for those with substance use and mental disorders, and how recovery positively impacts our society as a whole.
For more information about the Passaic County Recovery Walk, call the Recovery Center at Eva’s Village at 973.754.6784.