Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to raise awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate those in recovery. It’s the impetus for a lot of good in the addiction treatment community. At CleanSlate Centers, our employees did some great things to support National Recovery Month, and I couldn’t be any prouder to be part of this team.
But here’s the truth our patients face on the front lines of the addiction battle: There won’t be fewer people who die from opioid-related overdoses in October, November or December. There won’t be a drastic drop in friends, neighbors, family members who are impacted by this epidemic. The CDC says 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose – that means January 1 through December 31.