September, 2014: Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

WHEREAS, while addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease, alcoholism and addiction are treatable and can be managed successfully; and,

WHEREAS, addiction affects millions of people and can be devastating to individuals, families and communities, but there is hope for recovery, and there are many paths to achieving recovery; and,

WHEREAS, the abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our nation, totaling more than $600 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and healthcare; and,

WHEREAS, there are approximately 7,898 new illicit drug users nationwide per day, half under the age of 18; and,

WHEREAS, prescription drug abuse has become a national and state concern and accidental deaths from prescription drugs have quadrupled from 1999 to 2010; and,

WHEREAS, among women in Michigan age 18-44 alcohol use is 54.5 percent and binge alcohol use is 15.2 percent; and,

WHEREAS, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are a completely preventable birth defect, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome costs the United States more than $6 billion dollars annually; and,

WHEREAS, last year, Michigan’s substance use disorder treatment system served more than 62,000 people, 54 percent of which had a concurrent mental health disorder, and more than 250,000 persons attended state-funded substance abuse prevention programs; and,

WHEREAS, recovery is a process, not an event, that needs to be available throughout a lifetime; recovery oriented systems of care include networks that provide services and supports designed for the purpose of individual recovery, and family and community health and wellness; and,

WHEREAS, for the 25th year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is promoting September as National Recovery Month, with this year’s theme being “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out;”

WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health and various community networks to celebrate recovery and raise awareness of recovery-oriented systems of care working to prevent and treat alcoholism and addiction in our state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2014 as Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in Michigan.