National Recovery Month Celebrated in Lee County
National Recovery Week will be celebrated in Lee County on Friday, September 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Gwendolyn’s Café, located at the corner of First and Lee Streets in Fort Myers. The theme of National Recovery Month 2012 is “Join the Voices of Recovery – It’s Worth It”. The evening is part of the 23rd observance of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month). The mission of Recovery Month is to improve the lives of those suffering from addiction, to celebrate individuals and families in long-term recovery, and to acknowledge those working in the field who provide recovery services. In 2010, 31.3 million people aged 18 or older (13.7 percent of the U.S. population) received mental health services according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In 2010, 2.6 million people aged 12 or older (1.0 percent of the U.S. population) who needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem received specialty treatment. Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recovery Month is an essential element of one of SAMHSA’s 10 Strategic Initiatives that focuses on public awareness and support. The goal of this initiative is to increase the understanding of mental and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services to achieve the full potential of prevention, and help people recognize and seek assistance for these health conditions with the same urgency as any other health condition. The Recovery Month Celebration is sponsored in Lee County by the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida, Gwendolyn’s Café, the Sheriff’s Office of Lee County, Lee Memorial Health System and the Florida Department of Children and Families. The Recovery Month Celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, call (239) 931-9317.
Corner of First and Lee Streets, Fort Myers, FL 33901