ESSEX COUNTY COALITION REQUESTS THAT YOU DO YOUR PART IN REDUCING THE STIGMA OF ADDICTION
Thursday, September 5, 2013 • 3:20pm
ORANGE, NJ (September 3, 2013) – The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) would like to acknowledge that September is National Recovery Month. National Recovery Month is an initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in an effort to celebrate individuals in recovery and promote societal benefits of promotion, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders.
During the month, participating treatment, prevention, and recovery-related organizations and associations use traditional and social forms of media to disseminate information on treatment and recovery services. The goal is to help local communities in reaching community members in need of help and motivating them to seek out the treatment and support that are available in the area.
ADAPT is working with other local organizations by promoting their initiatives to decrease the stigma and widespread misconceptions about. ADAPT asks you be a good neighbor and/or family member by participating in these initiatives. Joel Torres, ADAPTs Coordinator, stated “We want every community member to know that there are many ways to get help with their addiction and they have the support of friends, family, and neighbors. Additionally, our Coalition members are a great resource to find the appropriate service to help you, your friend, or a family member. Do not hesitate to reach out for help!”
For information on local initiatives such as Recovery Walk, contact Joel Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, for other resources, check out ADAPT’s website www.essexadapt.org. In addition, for more information about National Recovery Month and to find their community toolkit visit www.recoverymonth.gov.
ADAPT is a rich, diverse coalition of more than 90 people, including parents, youth, educators, prevention professionals, law enforcement officials, etc., from all over Essex County. Through community-level interventions, ADAPT strives to decrease the use of drugs and alcohol among youth and young adults while also empowering them to choose healthier lifestyles.
ADAPT is funded by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and managed by FAMILYConnections, a nonprofit community-based agency with more than 35 specialized programs for all ages from infants to seniors – including counseling, skills-building, training, and prevention services to improve quality of life by reducing child abuse, drug abuse, gang involvement and crime; by increasing social & coping skills, school success and employability; by healing emotional pain and helping individuals and families become strong and independent.
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