Chris Newcomb, M.Div
September is National Recovery Month all around the nation as the message of sobriety and recovery is being promoted to encourage those who are clean to stay clean and those who are not yet in recovery to consider doing so. The truth is that drug use and abuse is alive and well today. This is unfortunate but there is hope!
First, before we can look at hope, we have to look at reality. A recent report shows that ten percent of Americans ages 12 and older admitted using illicit drugs in 2013. These statistics must change!
In addition, there is growing evidence of the connection between substance abuse and mental health issues. To be clear, this doesn't mean that every one who suffers from depression also suffers from drug abuse. Likewise, someone using heroin doesn't necessarily suffer from depression. Each person is unique and should be treated as such. However, there is a strong trend of people struggling with both issues. This is called 'co-occurring' disorders.
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