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Recovery Month Message: Treatment Works (9/18/17)

Recovery Month Message: Treatment Works (9/18/17)

Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Monday, September 18, 2017/Categories: IDPH News, Behavioral Health

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The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and local Iowa prevention and treatment agencies in recognition of September as Recovery Month. Partners across the state are hosting Recovery Month events to celebrate the accomplishments of those working a program of recovery and those that helped them get there. 

Access to Recovery Project Director Kevin Gabbert said, “More than 50,000 Iowans received treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol in 2016. What sometimes gets overlooked though, when we think about people in treatment, is all the hard work behind the scenes. This includes the tireless efforts of community coalitions, treatment providers, family members and friends that have helped make it possible for these individuals to get the services they need. Recovery Month events can provide an opportunity for all of these individuals to come together and celebrate everyone’s accomplishments.”   

Treatment does work and people do recover. The Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation’s Treatment Outcomes Monitoring System Trend Report 2005-2014 found that those who successfully completed a treatment program were more likely to be abstinent from substance use, more likely to be employed and less likely to be arrested than those who did not complete treatment.

To find a treatment services near you, visit the Iowa Facility Locator at http://facilitylocator.drugfreeinfo.org/Agency/Default.aspx. To find Recovery Month events near you, visit http://bit.ly/2xiLn3b.

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