September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

I’ve spent the last week learning about drug and alcohol addiction and am amazed at the way these illnesses permeate our society. Sons, daughters, parents, cousins, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends–nearly everyone knows someone who’s tangled in this frightening web. Education is our best ally; not just education for our children, but classes for parents, teachers, and friends. The more we know, the more we can help those we love.

Some great resources are the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Al-Anon. NIDA will hold an interactive online chat about drug abuse on October 7. One can go to their site and link from there. I recommend that everyone learn as much as possible about addiction. You never know when it will touch your life.

The Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things
I cannot change;
the courage to change
the things I can;
and the wisdom
to know the difference.



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5 responses to “September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

  1. My son is a salesman, and when he’s out of town with other salespeople, they tend to congregate in bars. He limits his drinks to one or two (for one thing, drinking can be expensive), but many of the others don’t. Sad.

  2. I’ve watched a family member follow his daddy’s path to alcoholism and lose almost everything. He wants be be a better father than his was, but he had to do jail time to get the point. At least I hope he got the point.

  3. Beautiful flowers, Mel. I don’t know anyone this issue hasn’t touched.

  4. Liz Lincoln

    As a social worker, I’ve worked with recovering addicts, and some of their stories were awful (although at times, funny in retrospect). I also worked on an NIH grant doing alcoholism research. So many sad stories. Fortunately, both NIDA and NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism – the NIH division specifically for alcohol abuse) have made a lot of strides understanding the biological mechanisms of addiction, and why it’s so difficult to stay sober. It goes far beyond simple will-power as so many people believe. Hopefully, this knowledge will help to develop new methods of treatment. Both NIDA and NIAAA have info on their website, and HBO did a fantastic series called Addiction in conjunction with NIDA about this. You can watch parts of it at Fascinating stuff.

  5. Thanks for your insight, Liz. I’ll check it out.

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