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September is National Recovery Month

Join the Voices for Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness

LAKE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA – Mental and substance use disorders are prevalent in our community, and it’s imperative that individuals in Lake County understand how to seek physical and mental wellness. According to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, 21.6 million people aged 12 or older nationwide needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem. Also in 2011, out of the 45.6 million Americans aged 18 or older who had any mental illness in the past year, only 31.6 million received mental health services in the past year. Even in our small county the impact of mental and substance use disorders is apparent; an estimated 7 thousand people in Lake County are directly affected by these conditions each year, and thousands more are indirectly affected by the conditions of their friends, family members and coworkers.

To address this significant problem, the Lake County Board of Supervisors will issue a proclamation to honor National Recovery Month this September, raising awareness about prevention, treatment, and recovery support services in the area. Additionally, Lake County Behavioral Health, in conjunction with Hilltop Recovery Services, will be sponsoring a recovery march from Redbud Park to Austin Park in Clearlake, followed by a BBQ picnic with a variety of booths and speakers on September 21st, 2013. The march is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am. All citizens of Lake County are encouraged to join the recovery event in Clearlake to highlight the significance of helping people in need of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services, while also celebrating the accomplishments of individuals in recovery.
For more information, please feel free to contact Linda Aldridge at (707) 274-9101 or by e-mail at linda.aldridge@lakecountyca.gov.