WHEREAS, National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to teach the public that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life; and
WHEREAS, millions of people throughout the country participate in activities and events commemorating National Recovery Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the SpiritWorks Foundation; and
WHEREAS, this year’s theme, “Join the Voices of Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community” is an effort to increase awareness of how families and communities play a vital role in the recovery process; and
WHEREAS, alcohol and drug addiction remain challenges in Virginia, but with proper support from family, friends, communities, and the Commonwealth, those affected can overcome their disease; and
WHEREAS, we must encourage relatives and friends of individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders to implement preventive measures, recognize the signs of a problem, and guide those in need to appropriate treatment and recovery support services; and
WHEREAS, treatment and recovery of people who struggle with substance use disorders not only gives them a new opportunity at life, it improves the welfare of the entire Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 2018 as NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.