Why It Matters

Opioid addiction is something that we experience every single day. SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that 11.4 million Americans aged twelve or older misused opioids in 2017.

Statistics show that those who are in need of recovery and treatment are not seeking the help they need. In 2017, an estimated 20.7 million Americans aged twelve or older needed substance abuse treatment. Yet, just four million received treatment. Also alarming, according to NSDUH, 769,000 adolescents (aged 12-17) and 2.5 million young adults (aged 18 to 25) misused opioids in 2017.

Treatment and community support are extremely important and integral to an individual’s continued recovery. Often, the stigma surrounding opioid misuse and the fear of being judged discourages an individual from reaching out for help. This needs to change. Inclusive communities can greatly affect someone in recovery, for better or for worse. Let’s make it for the better.

“I am so grateful to all of those who stuck by my side and didn’t give up on me, even after I had given up on myself.” – Jenna

This month you can join Know the Dangers and others across the country by adopting the Recovery Month logo and using these hashtags on social media:

#RecoveryMonth                     #RisforRecovery                     #Recovery

Example social post: Social connection is a key ingredient for #recovery. Celebrate 30 years of #RecoveryMonth and spread the word that recovery is possible.

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