Every September since 1989, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has sponsored National Recovery Month, seeking to increase awareness and understanding of co-occurring mental illness and addiction. The message SAMHSA promotes is that treatment is effective, and people can recover from the disease of addiction and that the path to sobriety is much less difficult when there are mental health and addiction specialists by their side. Turning Point supports this mission, and actively works to improve the treatment of co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness.
The theme for this year’s National Recovery Month is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.” This message promotes building upon existing resources across the country for the many pathways to recovery. It also serves as a reminder that mental illness and addiction can affect anyone, but that anyone can be part of the solution. The significance of this monthlong event is bring attention to the events of more recent years, such as the opioid epidemic, skyrocketing overdose rates, and increasing public awareness of the need for additional mental health resources.
How Turning Point Helps Addicts Get Clean and Stay Clean
Our team at Turning Point plays an important role in helping substance abusers achieve and maintain sobriety. The most recent statistics available in 2017 from the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, found that Ocean County was ranked #1 (7,527 admissions) in the state for the number of substance abuse admissions, and Monmouth County was ranked #4 (6,187 cases). At Turning Point, we service more than 3,700 people every year, and have helped over 50,000 since we opened our doors.
Our program at Turning Point emphasizes that sobriety is possible for anyone. However, we also recognize that the journey to a sober life is much easier to achieve with the help of our trained addiction specialists who are there every step of the way to improve a client’s physical, mental, and spiritual health. Our program offers numerous, individually tailored treatment programs, which include treatment for individuals with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. This includes providing these individuals with a medically supervised detoxification process, as well as stabilization on their psychotropic medicines. We also have a physiatrist on staff to help patients with their mental and emotional needs.
Statistics on Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Substance Abuse
A 2017 national survey conducted by SAMSHA found that among the nearly 20 million adults with a substance abuse disorder, 8.5 million had a co-occurring mental illness. Unfortunately, many who need treatment do not seek help, and about half of adults with co-occurring mental illness and addiction did not receive treatment for either disorder. SAMSHA seeks to change that. Their hope is to engage those who suffer from addiction and mental illness by helping them access the treatment, recovery support, and other services they need to recover. The purpose of this mission is to build healthier, stronger communities, and reduce the enormous burden of the public safety costs associated with unchecked addiction.
Addiction is a disease, and it takes constant effort to achieve and maintain sobriety. Those who put in the hard work reap the benefits of a much more fulfilling life free from chasing the next buzz or high, and they go on to lead more meaningful, productive lives. By sharing resources and building networks and engaging relevant community members, awareness of co-occurring mental illness and addiction is bolstered. The process of recovering from substance use disorders includes evidence-based, medication-assisted treatment, as well as faith-based approaches and family support. Everyone recovers from mental illness in a unique way, and that is why it’s important to tackle co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse through a collective, community-wide effort.
How You Can Get Involved in National Recovery Month
If you are looking to help others who suffer from co-occurring mental illness and addiction, you can get involved in the following ways:
- Promote National Recovery Month on your social media accounts by using relevant hashtags, such as “#recovery or #recoverymonth,” and others.
- Host an event for local stakeholders to advocate for community-based approaches to tackling mental and substance use disorders.
- Organize neighborhood walks or runs to support addiction recovery, and post the event to the Recovery Month website to increase participation and visibility.
Stay tuned for Turning Point recovery testimonials on our social media! Contact us at Turning Point to learn more about how we can help you achieve and maintain your sobriety by calling (973) 380-0905 today.