The Butte County Meth Strike Force reminds the public that September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

The Butte County Meth Strike Force reminds the public that September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

This year is the 20th anniversary and champions the theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery:?Together We Learn, Together We Heal.”

This national initiative recognizes people in recovery from substance use disorders, as well as their families, friends, and treatment providers. And, it is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

More than 23 million people age 12 or older needed treatment for a substance use disorder in the United States in 2007.

Many people do not understand that addiction is a treatable disease, and this misconception can keep people from getting help.

In 2007, as many as 20.8 million people nationwide needed but did not receive treatment at a specialty facility.

Recovery Month aims to ensure that all those affected by addiction are aware of and can seek treatment so they can reclaim their lives in recovery.

“Every September, Recovery Month reminds us about the reality of this disease,”?said Meth Strike Force Chairperson Paula Felipa. “And the importance of making treatment accessible, which can open doors to support and long-term recovery.”

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month applauds the achievements of those in recovery and educators who work on raising awareness about drug addiction and treatment services.

“Schools continue to be concerned about high risk use of drugs and alcohol by Butte County Youth,”?said Karie Brinker of the Oroville Cares Coalition and Butte County Office of Education (BCOE). “Drug addictions often result in poor attendance and discipline issues that result in dropping out or failing school. Many mental health issues are also masked or worsened by drug addictions so that students and their families struggle for years to understand why their child cannot succeed academically.”

“BCOE’s Partners in Health &?Safety supports National Drug Addiction Recovery Month by providing all high schools in Oroville with information about drugs and alcohol and about support groups,”?said Meth Strike Force member Marian Gage of BCOE. “Research shows that the earlier a person starts using drugs (by age 12 to 14), the more at risk they are to addiction.”

For more information on BCOE’s Health &?Safety programs, call Karie Brinker at 532-5692 or visit the Butte County Meth Strike Force website at