National Alcohol and Addition Recovery Month is a national observance that educates Americans about the fact that addiction treatment can enable those with a substance abuse disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. In 2009, 4.3 million people ages 12 or older received treatment for substance use disorders, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Millions of Americans’ lives have been transformed through recovery. The main focus of Recovery Month is to celebrate the gains made by those individuals, just as those managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma and heart disease can be recognized.
The picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cottonwood Park in Sparks to recognize local family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues in recovery. Individuals seeking assistance with substance abuse issues are encouraged to call the local Substance Abuse Help Line at 775-825-HELP or call Join Together Northern Nevada at 775-324-7557. Resources also can be obtained from the Join Together Northern Nevada web site at jtnn.org.