White House Event Celebrates 25th Anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

White House Event Celebrates 25th Anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

Christina Huffington was only 16 when she did her first line of cocaine. In almost no time, it seemed, she was buying and snorting the drug regularly, and the drug abuse followed her from high school through most of her college years. The daughter of media mogul Arianna Huffington, creator and publisher of on-line news megasite Huffington Post, and former Republican congressman Michael Huffington, Christina spent 7 years in an off-and-on battle with alcohol abuse and cocaine addiction.

Now 25 years old and recovered, the younger Huffington went public last year in Huffington Post, Glamour magazine and NBC’s Today Show, about her cocaine addiction. She said she hopes her story will help others avoid or recover from substance abuse and addiction. As part of her message, Christina was one of a panel of presenters at the White House on Wednesday, September 17, at an event marking the 25th Anniversary of National Recovery Month (formerly National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month) which is celebrated every September. The White House event, Titled “Recovery at the White House: Celebrating 25 years” and sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), was streamed live on the internet. It was one of dozens of events held across the country to celebrate the anniversary, and it can be seen on the official White House YouTube channel.

As well as Christina Huffington, the White House panel included NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter, now an ESPN announcer and in recovery himself; former Washington Post reporter Ruben Castaneda, author of a book about his own journey to recovery titled S Street Rising; and Mayor of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Tim Willson. Recovery Month is a federal program administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It promotes the benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for substance abuse through public events and media promotion across the country, and “celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.”

ONDCP Deputy Director David Mineta introduced the White House event, and reminded the audience that “addiction can impact individuals and families from all walks of life and has no ethnic, racial, gender, linguistic or socioeconomic boundaries. It can take hold of persons at any age, any profession, any station in life. Fortunately, and thankfully, recovery crosses all of these as well. Recovery is a reality for millions of people in the United States and abroad.” Recovery Month was created in 1989 as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. The name was changed to National Recovery Month after SAMHSA was created by Congress in 1992, which added mental health to the substance abuse context. SAMHSA’s mandate, according to their website, is to help improve access to clinically sound, cost-effective mental and substance use disorders because “inadequate capacity, limited public and private health insurance benefits and discrimination have contributed to the gap between the number of people who need treatment and the number who receive it.”

This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out”, hopes to encourage people to “openly speak up about substance abuse disorders and the reality of recovery.” The Recovery Month website is a good place to find out how to recognize issues involving substance abuse and get useful info about how to find help. One of the many Recovery Month partners across the country is the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) in New York. According to the NCADD website, local NCADD Affiliates across the country “hold hundreds of local community events in celebration of recovery month including events at baseball games, picnics, rallies, walks, luncheons and dinners.”

Here at Novus, we’re fully behind any program that forwards the message that recovery is not just possible, but a proven certainty for millions of people around the world. When modern medical detox protocols such as those pioneered here at Novus are correctly applied, and then followed when indicated with a suitably lengthy rehabilitation program, recovery from drugs and alcohol moves far above the level of a hopeful wish. In fact, done right, modern treatment moves recovery closer to certainty. If you or someone you care for is suffering from substance abuse, dependence or addiction of any kind, don’t hesitate to call us here at Novus and get all your questions about detox fully answered. And if Novus doesn’t sound right for you, we’ll help you find a facility that fits your needs and expectations.

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