Letters to the Editor

Help for mental health, drug issues

Often, individuals who experience a mental and/or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year millions experience these conditions.

It’s important that we offer support to individuals facing mental and/or substance use disorders and give family members the tools to start conversations about prevention, treatment and recovery.

Too many people are still unaware that prevention works and that these disorders can be treated, just like other health problems.

Having been in recovery for 20 years and worked in field for 10 years, I have witnessed the reality of recovery. Individuals who embrace recovery achieve improved mental and physical health, as well as form stronger relationships. We need to make more people feel recovery is possible.

Families and communities can find hope and spread the message that recovery works by celebrating National Recovery Month in September.

Celebrate Recovery is hosting a Prayer and Remembrance Walk and a 5K Run on Sept. 24 to honor those in long-term recovery. Let people know free, confidential help is available through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national helpline, 1.800.662.HELP (4357) or 1.800.487.4889 (TDD).

We can help others realize the promise of recovery and give families the support to help their loved ones.

Dickie Everman

Celebrate Recovery Minister Calvary Christian Church