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Friday, April 20, 2018

National Addiction Treatment Week

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Millions of Americans are currently struggling with mental illness in the form of alcohol and substance use disorder. We must share the fact that treatment works, and recovery is possible. Additionally, in order for people to receive the assistance they require, we have to reassure individuals that they are not at fault for their condition, despite the stigma of addiction that persists.

Addiction is a debilitating disease and society should treat it as such, of course convincing the general public of this reality is no easy task. While it is factual that we have come a long way regarding stigma, we still have miles to go to increase public awareness and encourage those suffering to seek treatment. This month, people are working tirelessly to share information about alcohol. Experts hope to reach young people and parents across the country with the goal of steering those in need toward treatment and programs of recovery.

While April is Alcohol Awareness Month, April 23rd through April 29th is National Addiction Treatment Week. Treatment centers are often the first stop on the road to lasting recovery. What’s more, people who seek help in such facilities are more likely to stay on course in early recovery. Equipped with tools for coping and a roadmap highlighting pitfall-laden areas, people who complete a residential program are positioned to excel.


National Addiction Treatment Week

Alcohol and substance use disorders can affect anyone, regardless of where they come from in life. In fact, according to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (2016), nearly 20.5 million Americans are struggling with a substance use disorder (SUD); the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that only 1 in 10 people with a SUD receives treatment. The numbers are a clear indication that treatment is both underutilized and, in many cases, difficult to access; however, the trend is reversible through coordinated efforts like National Addiction Treatment Week.

Throughout the coming week, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) would also like to inspire more people to seek careers in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM calls for fostering a “qualified addiction medicine workforce.” You can find more information about events taking place next week at TreatAddictionSaveLives.org. You can also share facts about addiction on social media using: #TreatmentWeek.

“Raising awareness that addiction is a chronic brain disease, and not a moral failure, and qualifying more clinicians to treat addiction is vital to increasing patients’ access to treatment.” said Kelly Clark, MD, MBA, DFASAM, president of ASAM. “National Addiction Treatment Week supports ASAM’s dedication to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, and helping physicians treat addiction and save lives.”


Ignoring Stigma, Seeking Treatment

At The Haven, we understand stigma's paralyzing effect on people who live with any mental illness; we know how it keeps individuals from receiving the care they require. Please know that you are not alone, addiction is a disease not a lack of willpower, and treatment works. We offer a number of programs, including our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) which features the ASAM curriculum. If you are ready to take certain steps to break the cycle of addiction and begin a remarkable journey of recovery, please contact us today for a free consultation.