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September is National Recovery Month


The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners hereby recognizes September 2017 as National Recovery Month and invites all residents, private institutions, businesses and schools to participate by increasing awareness and understanding of the challenges inherent in the recovery process.

Addressing the complex alcohol, drug and mental health treatment needs of children, youth, and families today is fundamental to the safe and healthy future of Bernalillo County.

More than 20 million Americans are living with substance use disorders; more than 90,000 Americans die from drugs and alcohol yearly; an estimated 28,000 Bernalillo County residents have a serious mental illness and 22,000 residents suffer from a substance use disorder. However, studies show that fewer than half of those suffering receive the treatment they need.

Similar to patients battling other chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma, 40 to 60 percent of people suffering from substance use disorders relapse from their plan of treatment. Recovery is thus a bumpy road with multiple obstacles that require patience, awareness, and responsive solution.

National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorders to live a healthy and rewarding life. Because many such successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments.

Local volunteers and organizations working on recovery issues have organized Albuquerque Celebrates Recovery, an annual event to be held on September 28, 2017, that provides an opportunity for residents in recovery to celebrate their accomplishments, educate the community about their struggle, and provide resources to individuals and families seeking information about solution-based paths to recovery.


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  • Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins would like to invite you to her next monthly neighborhood luncheon on Wednesday, June 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts, 4121 Cutler Ave. NE. Please note the new location and date! Our speaker in June will be Natalie Donnelly, Community Food Projects Manager ~ Presbyterian Center for Community Health. The Presbyterian Center for Community Health focuses on three priorities for keeping our community healthy ~ healthy eating, active living and prevention of unhealthy substance abuse. Natalie will discuss the many programs ~ including: Light the District, Healthy Here Mobile Farmers’ Market, SNAP Double Up Food Bucks, WIC & Senior Nutrition Programs, Prescription Trails ~ that Community Health supports. She will also discuss the Albuquerque food desert and how the community farmers’ markets contribute to the local economy. Before or after the luncheon, please take the time to see how Keshet has grown and thrived over the years. Also walk around this neighborhood and see how it is becoming a mid-heights destination site. This is a Brown Bag Luncheon – you bring a sandwich and we will provide the beverages. An RSVP to jhartley@bernco.gov is appreciated.
    Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts, 4121 Cutler NE
    6/27/2018 12:00 PM

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