Recovery Trees to Sprout All Over Louisville in September
Louisville, KY - During the month of September, the Jefferson Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center (JADAC), a division of Seven Counties Services, Inc., Our Lady of Peace, a part of KentuckyOne Health, (OLOP) and Volunteers of America (VOA) invites all persons in the region who are in recovery from addictions to complete and hang a “sobriety/drug-free date leaf” on the Recovery Trees at JADAC at: 600 South Preston Street, Our Lady of Peace (OLOP) at: 2020 Newburg Road or Volunteers of America of KY (VOA) at 933 Goss Avenue.
The Recovery Tree sprouted here in Louisville in recognition of September as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Month. We will celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the National Addiction Recovery Month. This awareness program is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and recognizes people in recovery from addictions, as well as their families, friends, and treatment providers.
A rally sponsored by Persons Advocating Recovery (PAR) will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Harbor Lawn on Waterfront Park. The treatment centers JADAC, Our Lady of Peace and VOA Kentucky will have sprouted a forest within the community as a show of support.
All businesses and government offices are encouraged to create their own Recovery Trees. No workplace is immune from alcohol and drug problems and nearly all have persons in active recovery. According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, more than 77 percent of all adults with alcohol and/or drug problems are in the workforce.
“Recovery Month is an opportunity to celebrate those who have sought treatment, as well as to educate our community that help is available and attainable,” said Jennifer Nolan, president and CEO, Our Lady of Peace. “Our Lady of Peace is proud to offer hope to people in recovery throughout the region.”
This year, the Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Make a Friend in Recovery,” promotes the need for better awareness and increased understanding about addiction, treatment, and recovery for the entire community, as well as the importance of access to treatment and recovery.
Recent research, shows that drug overdoses have surpassed car wrecks as the number one cause of accidental death. Research also shows that only a small fraction of the more than 23 million people who needed addiction treatment in the United States in 2007 had received some form of treatment. Diane Hague, vice president of JADAC states “We need to call on the community to help raise awareness about this gap. We have a wealth of very effective treatment and recovery resources in this community. It is important to showcase that long-term recovery is possible. Recovery Trees are a symbol of the benefits that result from investing in treatment and recovery for people with addictions and their families.”
“Addiction is an illness that affects us all, yet not enough people dealing with addiction have the support they need to recover,” said Jennifer Hancock, chief operating officer with Volunteers of America of Kentucky. “We are proud to be a part of this community-wide effort to celebrate recovery and educate the public about the critical need for substance abuse treatment resources and funding.”
About Seven Counties Services, Inc.
Seven Counties Services, Inc., a private, not-for-profit Corporation, is the state-designated regional behavioral health and developmental services organization for Louisville and surrounding counties (Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble) in Kentucky. The mission of Seven Counties is to build healthy communities by helping individuals and families who are affected by addiction/abuse, mental illness and developmental disabilities realize their potential. Through our mission, we envision communities where those we serve live satisfying, productive and valued lives.
Seven Counties is fully accredited by the Joint Commission (formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations). It is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective programming. The organization is the largest non-hospital, not-for-profit and one of the top thirty employers in the Louisville metro area. More than 1,400 clinical and administrative staff members and 400 volunteers create and deliver quality services to more than 32,000 persons each year. For more information, visit www.sevencounties.org.
About Our Lady of Peace
Our Lady of Peace, a part of KentuckyOne Health, is a private, not-for-profit psychiatric hospital in Louisville, Ky. The hospital was originally founded in 1951 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and is currently operating 261 beds, one of the largest in the nation. The Children’s Peace Center at Our Lady of Peace is the largest and most comprehensive private provider of child/adolescent inpatient psychiatric care in the country. Our Lady of Peace operates a full continuum of psychiatric services for patients from young children to seniors. There are specialty programs for children and adolescents who have complex treatment needs, such as intellectual or developmental disabilities; forensic issues; and/or co-occurring substance abuse. Patients come to Peace from all over Kentucky and the surrounding region, visit www.ourladyofpeacelouisville.org.
About VOA of Kentucky
Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America of Kentucky creates positive change in the lives of individuals and communities through a ministry of service. Volunteers of America of Kentucky’s programs directly address the quality of life of individuals in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Southern Indiana by meeting the material, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families. Volunteers of America of Kentucky has a long history of working with individuals and families facing substance abuse problems. We offer a complete system of care ranging from community outreach, prevention, assessment, outpatient treatment, long term residential treatment and aftercare services. Our programs are designed to provide clinical services by licensed and trained addiction treatment professionals with a focus on recovery. Learn more at www.voaky.org.
For More Information Contact:
Amanda Newton, Jefferson Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center
Barbara Mackovic, Our Lady of Peace
Jenny Recktenwald, VOA of KY