Capital Area Counseling Services to Host 3rd Annual Recovery Color Walk
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Capital Area Counseling Services Board of Directors and employees recognize September as Recovery Month. Recovery Month is observed across the U.S. and sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Recovery Month promotes the society benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and services providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.” SAMHSA
This year’s theme for Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community. SAMHSA explained this year’s theme, “explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders.”
Mental health and substance use disorders are prevalent in our community and CACS feels it is important to share SAMHSA’s message that “behavioral health is essential to overall health; that prevention works; treatment is effective and people can and do recover.” According to SAMHSA, in 2016, an estimated 8.2 million U.S. adults 18 or older reported having co-occurring disorders (experiencing both a mental illness and a substance use disorder); and on average, 123 people died per day as a result of suicide.
For the 3rd consecutive year, CACS will host their Recovery Color Walk on September 27th, from 6pm to 8:30pm at Lilly Park in Fort Pierre. The purpose of this event is to demonstrate support for those living in recovery and to bring an awareness to the power of recovery. The public is encouraged to participate: survivors, advocates, prevention and treatment teams, and friends and family of those impacted.
Matt Judson of the CACS Board of Directors commented, “Recovery from addiction is critical for many individuals and their families. At CACS, we take our role in helping others with their addictions very seriously. We see hundreds of people each year who are wanting to live a sober life and with the proper help that is possible. Lives are changed if not saved every day at CACS.”
For more information please contact:
Kristin K. Meyers, LAC, LPC, QMHP
Clinical Coordinator of Addiction Services
Capital Area Counseling Service
605-224-5811 Ext. 3508
1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
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