Governor Proclamation: Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month


August 28, 2009

WHEREAS, 23.2 million people aged 12 or older in the United States needed treatment for a substance use disorder in 2007, and 5.4 million adults also suffered from a concurrent mental illness; and

WHEREAS, there are an estimated 300,000 Alabamians with substance use disorder and the drugs of choice rank as follows: alcohol, marijuana, cocaine/crack and methamphetamine; and

WHEREAS, we must recognize the achievement of those who seek out treatment services and ensure that such services are readily available to those who need assistance; and

WHEREAS, research shows that substance use disorders are medical conditions that can be effectively treated, yet studies have consistently found that a successful recovery for many suffering from substance use disorders is impeded by the general publics misconceptions about the disease and its treatment; and

WHEREAS, educating our community about how substance use disorders affect children, families, and all community members is essential to overcoming stigma; and

WHEREAS, the Alabama Commission for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse facilitates coordination between state agency programs and find solutions to Alabamas rising substance addiction problems; and

WHEREAS, the theme of 2009s National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Learn, Together We Heal, which highlights the importance of providing hope and love to those who are trying to overcome drug and alcohol addiction and rebuild their lives; and

WHEREAS, September has been designated by the Substance Abuse Advocacy Task Force as Recovery Month, with groups throughout the state holding community celebrations to celebrate individuals in recovery and the treatment professionals who have helped them reclaim their lives; and

WHEREAS, to help achieve the goal of recovery, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Alabama Voices of Recovery, FORMLL and the Substance Abuse Advocacy Task Force invite all residents of Alabama to participate in National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bob Riley, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim September 2009, as Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in the State of Alabama.

Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 28th day of August 2009.

Governor Bob Riley

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