As we find ourselves almost halfway through National Recovery Month 2018, many are still wondering how to get involved and find meetings, rallies and events close to them. Others, unfortunately, may still be wondering what the point of attending local National Recovery Month events actually is. A lot of people, particularly those who have not been personally impacted by addiction, feel as though they don’t have skin in the game and that addiction and recovery is none of their business.
The reality is that issues like the opioid epidemic, escalating methamphetamine deaths, consistently high rates of alcohol-related fatalities and about a hundred other issues have made substance use disorder EVERYONE’s problem. It affects everyday quality of life issues in your community like police presence, property value, business development, healthcare and dozens of other peripheral factors. Think any business wants to set up shop in a community beset by drug-related crime? Think again. Think your home value is likely to increase if your neighbors are overdosing on heroin every week? Think again. Think the police are personally invested in neighborhoods taken over by meth and coke? You get the idea.
Drug and alcohol addiction is everywhere, from the high-rises to the back alleys, and it’s up to all of us to educate ourselves and mobilize to address the problem, whether it’s at local National Recovery Month events or elsewhere. Luckily, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has made it easy for us to find local National Recovery Month events and to promote our own. There is currently a robust schedule of events across the country and you’re bound to find one or more in your area. Set aside a few hours to learn more about the addiction situation in your community. Many have people in their lives who are struggling with addiction and don’t even realize it. A better understanding of this public health issue may come in handy sooner than you realize.