LOGAN, W.Va. — Logan Mingo Area Mental Health (LMAMH) is continuing the observance of National Recovery Month for the remainder of September in order to educate individuals across our region that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy, rewarding, and productive life.
According to Donna Cooke, CEO of LMAMH, Recovery Month celebrates the achievements made by those in recovery, just as commemorations are held in behalf of health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.
“The month-long observance reinforces our strong viewpoint that behavioral health is indispensable to overall health: prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover,” Cooke said. “Enriching and inspiring stories of recovery are becoming more commonplace regionally through a variety of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery programs.”
Recent drug usage and addiction statistics in the state remain staggering. For example, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), from 2007-‘08, West Virginia was one of the top ten states for rates in several drug-use categories among young adults age 18-25: past-year use of cocaine; past-month use of illicit drugs other than marijuana; and illicit drug dependence; and approximately seven percent of West Virginia residents reported past-month illicit drug use; the national average was eight percent.
“However, in spite of the enormity of substance use disorders nationwide, there are many in the Mountain State whose lives have been positively transformed through successful recovery. Lives are being healed, and families are being restored through such efforts. Our staff members are humbled and pleased by the successes that happen on a daily basis at LMAMH; and since these victories often go unnoticed by the larger population, Recovery Month affords us a perfect opportunity to applaud the accomplishments of these courageous and committed individuals,” Cooke said.
“Significant gains are being made, and such success stories need to be told to neighbors, friends, and colleagues,” she said, adding that in doing so, awareness grows and understanding improves concerning the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.
Recovery Month is in its 26thyear, beginning in 1989, and emphasizes the attainments of individuals nationwide who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers, like LMAMH, who make such recoveries achievable.
For additional information on National Recovery Month, contact Jill Click at Logan Mingo Area Mental Health at (304) 792-7130. For information on current prevention, treatment, and recovery programs that are available, contact the LMAMH Logan Center at (304) 792-7130, or the Chattaroy Center at (304) 235-2954.