September is Recovery Month, a time to both celebrate and support those who have dealt with mental health and/or substance abuse problems, whether they have undergone treatment or are still in recovery.
Here are a few reasons recognizing those in recovery is important.
Millions of Americans suffer annually
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 Americans suffers from a mental health disorder each year. Similarly, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, in 2014 approximately 21.5 million Americans 12 and older had been diagnosed with substance abuse disorders within the past year.
Mental health and substance abuse disorders occur all over the United States. Though there are potential environmental, social and other factors that may contribute to someone developing issues with addiction and mental health, anyone can be affected and suffer the consequences. It is important that we take the time to recognize that many people, even in our own lives, struggle. We should both celebrate those who have gotten treatment and support those who are currently getting help, or have yet to take the necessary steps to do so.
Those who need treatment don’t always get it
According to American Addiction Centers, in 2013 approximately 90 percent of people diagnosed with substance abuse disorders did not receive treatment. Also in 2013, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 60 percent of adults and one half of those between the ages of 8 and 15 who needed mental health treatment did not receive it.
In 2013 approximately 90 percent of people diagnosed with substance abuse disorders did not receive treatment.Click to tweet
Therefore, it is important that we remember to do what we can to support those who are not only receiving treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders, but also those who do not seek treatment or are unable to get the help they need, whether because of problems with insurance or other factors that may prevent them from entering treatment.
Recovery depends on a number of factors. Many who struggled in the past have recovered, and those who are still struggling now still have the chance to. Take this month to celebrate your own recovery or that of someone you know and love. Also take advantage of the opportunity to encourage a friend or loved one who might be struggling to receive treatment, or to seek rehabilitation yourself.
Is It a Hidden Addiction or Mental Disorder?
One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.
But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.
If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from addiction, then Take the test and find out.