Drug and alcohol addiction is a pain well known by the hearts of many in the U.S. and around the world. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 115 Americans die a day due to an opioid overdose. In fact, chances are, you know someone who has been hurt by this, or some other form of addiction. Even if you haven’t met them personally, you know their loved ones, their friends, and those they too often leave behind, because, as the Pew Research Center Reports: “
“Nearly half of Americans have a family member or close friend who’s been addicted to drugs”
But in these dark times, filled with stigma around seeking necessary treatment for problems like addiction, we must seek out, cherish, and share widely those small doses of hope. Here at Came To Pass Residential Treatment Center, we often say, “We do recovery, and we do it together“. And we have some encouraging things to share:
1. Treatment is not only possible, it’s becoming more and more accessible, too. According to the Center for Disease Control, more and more of those who need help, are finally getting it: “An estimated 2.2 million persons in the U.S. in 2017 reported that they had received [some sort of] treatment in the past year to reduce or stop their illicit drug use.” Though these numbers are still nowhere near ideal, improvement is improvement, and that’s something !
2. September is National Recovery Month! (*Note* you can find recovery month awareness events in your area by clicking here) and the theme this year is, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.” That makes it an even better time to celebrate the healing that happens when substance abuse treatment is in action.
3. One of our co-founders, Graciela DeMoral, received this inspiring text message. A family came to visit & have a therapy session with one of our current residents. The next morning, their mother sent Graciela this:
Remember, if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or mental health distress, recovery is possible. They are not alone. You are not alone. With love and support, someday, you can say that this all Came To Pass.