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September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
Each year, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (www.samhsa.gov), along with its national planning partners, urges communities nationwide to make alcohol and drug addiction treatment, recovery, and support services a priority for children and families. This campaign encourages communities to expand their collaborative efforts to address this chronic but treatable public health problem.
Although September has been designated as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) hopes that the campaign’s message will lead to a yearlong commitment to healthier living and improved well-being for children and families. The theme for this year’s event is “Join the Voices of Recovery: A Call to Action.” The campaign’s goals include:
There is still time to get involved in Recovery Month activities in your community! Visit the Recovery Month web site (www.recoverymonth.gov/2002/) to
Other helpful web sites include:
CWLA, Behavioral Health Division (BHD)
For the last 10 years, CWLA has been a leader in the provision of technical assistance to the child welfare and alcohol and drug addiction fields. The BHD website has numerous resources that discuss the link between alcohol and drug addiction and child maltreatment.
Join Together Online (JTO)
JTO is a comprehensive network of free Internet-based services supporting community-based efforts to address substance abuse and gun violence. Thousands of community leaders, professionals, and concerned citizens use JTO every day to be more informed and effective in their local efforts to reduce and prevent these devastating public health problems. With 100 new items posted each week, the site currently features over 35,000 daily news and fundraising articles, resource listings, in-depth feature stories, and other fully searchable documents dating back eight years.
SAMHSA is the federal government's premiere source of information about substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment, and mental health services.
National Clearinghouse on Alcohol and Drug Information, 1-800-729-6686
Receive free information (in English and Spanish) on treatment and rehabilitation, research, and data targeted for community leaders, family and friends, teens/youth, women, and health professionals and clinicians. On this site, you can join SAMHSA’s Mailing List to receive timely information about topics that interest you in the area of mental health and substance abuse services. You will receive notifications of new grant and contract announcements, new publications, policy, and data, in precisely the areas in which you have an interest.
If you are involved in a Recovery Month event, please share your experience with CWLA so we
can highlight our collective efforts. For more information contact Steve Hornberger, Director of Behavioral Health, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202/639-4918.
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