Recovery is a word that has the power to change lives, giving people addicted to alcohol and other drugs the space to acknowledge the past, heal and grow into a new path. This is why Familylinks’ Community Support Center program is now re-named the Recovery Support Center as of April, which is nationally known as Alcohol Awareness Month. Recovery is an active process that is “facilitated by relationships and environment, choices and opportunities that promote people reaching their full potential as individuals and community members,” according to the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The name of our program now reflects this ideal.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that about 17 million people in the nation have an alcohol use disorder, which includes alcoholism and harmful drinking that does not reach dependence. Only 15 percent seek treatment. Alcohol is a legal, accepted drug — and also a leading cause of death in America.
Our Recovery Support Center offers outpatient services, mental health care, housing assistance, case management and more for people who are working to become their whole selves while confronting alcoholism and drug addiction. Seeking treatment is a brave choice — and it is the first step in recovery.
It is important to remember not only this month, but all year, that alcoholism affects everyone, from babies to older adults. If you are struggling with alcohol or addiction, call 412-343-7166 and Familylinks can help you.
FREDERICK A. MASSEY JR.