Fairbanks Celebrates September as National Recovery Month

In recognition of National Recovery Month, Fairbanks Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center is educating the community about the impact of addiction and the power of recovery. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

Recovery Month is a national observance that educates Americans that addiction treatment and mental health services can allow those with a substance use disorder to live healthy and rewarding lives. According to The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 22 million Americans need help for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only about 2.3 million people receive treatment at a specialty facility.

Fairbanks encourages the community to support Recovery Month by wearing purple on Thursday, September 17. The community can share their photos with Fairbanks using the hashtag #NRMWearPurpleDay! Also on September 17, Fairbanks and the Indiana Prescription Drug Task Force are offering free education about how community members can combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic. Friday, September 18 is the 23rd Annual Fairbanks Golf Outing to increase awareness about addiction and recovery. Proceeds support the Dr. Tim Kelly Patient Assistance Fund at Fairbanks for people who are unable to pay for treatment.

If drugs or alcohol are affecting your or a loved one’s life, seek help from a professional. Fairbanks offers free assessments seven days a week. Call to make an appointment at 800.225.4673 or complete an online inquiry at www.fairbankscd.org/getting-help.