Survey Findings Launch Recovery Month
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary
Tommy G. Thompson
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson unveiled
the findings of SAMHSA's National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
at a September 5 press conference marking the launch of the 13th
annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. (See
Survey Finds Millions of Americans in Denial
About Drug Abuse.)
The month-long observance, sponsored by SAMHSA's Center for Substance
Abuse Treatment, unites public and private sector partner organizations
nationwide in an effort to highlight the societal benefits, importance,
and effectiveness of drug and alcohol abuse treatment. In addition,
the observance aims to reduce the stigma associated with substance
abuse treatment, and to celebrate people in recovery and those who
serve them. This year's theme is "Join the Voices of Recovery: A
Call to Action."
In launching Recovery Month, Secretary Thompson said, "We welcome
people in recovery back into the community and as contributing members
of our society."
Other Recovery Month events include the 7th annual National Run
for Recovery in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Vanguard Foundation,
as well as community forums throughout the country, among others.
For more information and to obtain a Recovery
Month toolkit, contact SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol
and Drug Information at P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345.
Telephone: 1 (800) 729-6686 (English and Spanish) or 1 (800)
487-4889 (TDD). Or visit SAMHSA's Web site at www.samhsa.gov.
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