2017 Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month


WHEREAS, substance use disorders are serious but treatable issues that impact Virginians; and

WHEREAS, Virginians seeking treatment for substance use disorders need appropriate referral to affordable, individualized care; and

WHEREAS, with support and encouragement, individuals who struggle with substance use disorders can recover and lead healthy and productive lives; and 

WHEREAS, untreated substance use disorders negatively affect individuals, families, and communities while also impacting the criminal justice system, child welfare system, family and social service agencies, and faith-based and community organizations; and

WHEREAS, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services are participating in the National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities!”; and

WHEREAS, Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month is an opportunity to encourage those dealing with substance use disorders to seek treatment, and to recognize the work of those providing affordable treatment programs in Virginia and across the country;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 2017 as ALCOHOL AND DRUG RECOVERY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.