September Is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

Monday, September 13, 2010 | 07:51am
NASHVILLE – September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. To celebrate the 21st anniversary of this important event, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities would like to recognize all Tennesseans who are currently in recovery and those who are working toward recovery from drug and alcohol misuse. With proper treatment, commitment, and supports, recovery is possible for each of the most serious issues of drug and alcohol abuse. 
"Alcohol and drug use disorders have devastating health and societal consequences, and no community or family is immune to these serious health problems," said TDMHDD Commissioner Virginia Trotter Betts. "Recovery Month provides an opportunity to highlight the benefits and successes of alcohol and drug treatment. We encourage people with drug and alcohol abuse issues to begin their journey of recovery."
The Recovery Month 2010 theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Now More Than Ever!” helps to raise awareness about the effectiveness of treatment. Recovery Month celebrates the successes of people in recovery and acknowledges men and women in the Substance Abuse, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery fields who dedicate their lives to helping people with alcohol and drug use disorders.
“Preventing and treating substance use disorders successfully helps our citizens return to full and productive lives as family members, friends, co-workers, and citizens,” said Bruce Emery, assistant commissioner of the department’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. “Recovery Month increases public understanding and brings much needed attention to addiction as a serious, progressive disease that can be prevented and successfully treated.” 
Please visit for information on the National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. For information about Recovery Month events and additional resources on mental health and substance abuse information, please contact the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities’ Office of Communications at (615) 253-4812 or visit

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