Why Recognizing Addiction Recovery Month Matters

September 15, 2014 5:13 PM

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Why Recognizing Addiction Recovery Month Matters

I get those dreaded 2 a.m. phone calls more often than I care to mention. The conversation is always the same as I snatch the phone and sneak out of bed, hoping my wife is still asleep. "My wife is in the hospital. We don't know if she's going to make it." "My son's car was found totaled on the side of the road, but no one can find him." "My client is on his way to jail." The details of the stories vary somewhat, but the request never changes, "The problem is addiction-related. Can you help?"

Recovery Month, recognized each September, is now in its 25th year. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) website,

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