Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month


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

WHEREAS, more than 530,000 Virginians in need of substance abuse services could benefit from treatment; and

WHEREAS, Virginians seeking treatment for addiction need affordable, individualized treatment programs that offer appropriate referrals as well as access to treatment services; and

WHEREAS,  every $1 invested in treatment results in a return of $4 to $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft; and

WHEREAS, with positive support and encouragement, people struggling with an addiction can recover and lead healthy and productive lives; and  

WHEREAS, untreated substance abuse 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: Speak Up, Reach Out"; and

WHEREAS, Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month is an opportunity to encourage those dealing with substance abuse 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 2014 as ALCOHOL AND DRUG RECOVERY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.