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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
May/June 2009, Volume 17, Number 3 

banner for 2009 Recovery Month celebration

20th Anniversary Includes TV Spots, PSAs

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month will host its 20th anniversary observance in September 2009.

SAMHSA recently unveiled materials developed to help communities plan and host events and activities and to help publicize the Agency’s 24/7 toll-free substance use disorder information and treatment referral helpline, 1-800-662-HELP.

Two new public service announcements (PSAs) about SAMHSA’s treatment helpline are available in English and Spanish.

The 2009 Recovery Month theme—“Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Learn, Together We Heal”—underscores the continued gains our Nation is making in addiction treatment.

The last 20 years has seen a positive change in the landscape of addiction treatment and recovery.

People in recovery increasingly identify addiction as a disease that should be treated just like diabetes, heart disease, or any other disease.

New addiction services treatment options include online communities and eCounseling.

In addition to the new PSAs, Recovery Month’s 20th Anniversary kit contains fact sheets with current data and information about recovery.

PSAs

One PSA, “Black and White in Color,” is a realistic depiction of a father’s daily struggle with addiction and the emotional toll it has on his life and family. Though physically present when interacting with family and friends, he is emotionally detached from the world around him. While others thrive in color, his distance is evident by living a life in black and white. Through treatment and recovery he regains control of his life, transitioning to a life of color and reconnecting with family and friends.

“Making Sense,” the second PSA, illustrates the isolation and confusion that addiction inflicts upon a young woman’s life and the sense of community that is rediscovered through treatment and long-term recovery. Though surrounded by friends, she is unable to comprehend her surroundings and what people are saying. With treatment and recovery, she begins to see the world around her—and everything becomes much clearer. She interacts with others and enjoys what is going on around her as she takes control of her life again.

Visit the Recovery Month Web site for Webcasts and all other materials and information.




President’s Budget

President’s Budget

FY2010 Budget sustains critical programs.


  Treatment Improvement  
   Protocols  
Addressing Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviors

Addressing Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviors

From CSAT, TIP 50 offers guidance to substance abuse counselors on how to help clients who may be in crisis.


  Medication-Assisted Treatment  
Buprenorphine: Guide for Nurses

Buprenorphine: Guide for Nurses

Specific guidance for nurses and nurse care managers.

Methadone Safety

Methadone Safety

Safe use of methadone, a medication for opioid addiction, is the focus of a new campaign.


  Data on Depression  
MDE and Youth

MDE and Youth

In 2007, 2 million adolescents had a major depressive episode.

MDE and Adults

More than 16 million adults struggle with depression.


  Focus on Children  
Mental Health Awareness Day

Mental Health Awareness Day

Eight young people take center stage in a celebration of the arts as a way to cope with mental health problems. Photo Gallery.

Data on Children, Parents, Drugs

More than 8.3 million children lived with a parent who was dependent on or abused alcohol or drugs during the past year.


  Women’s Behavioral Health  
Mental Health Publications

Mental Health Publications

“Action Steps” for professionals and “What It Means To You” for consumers are available to order.

Pregnancy & Substance Abuse

Pregnancy & Substance Abuse

How much are alcohol and drugs used during pregnancy and after childbirth?


  Recovery Month  
20th Anniversary Includes TV Spots, PSAs

20th Anniversary Includes TV Spots, PSAs

With a few months to go, the Recovery Month Web site offers flyers, banners, and more.


  Also in this Issue  
PRISM Awards

PRISM Awards

Celebrating excellence in Hollywood. Photo Gallery.

ADDERALL® & College Students

ADDERALL® & College Students

Full-time college students are twice as likely to use Adderall® nonmedically.

Real Warriors Campaign

Real Warriors Campaign

Helping service members break through stigma to ask for help.



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