Published in the Iola Register on Sep. 21, 2012.

Letter to the Editor 9-21

Dear Editor,
September is National Recovery Month. The purpose of National Recovery Month is to raise awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrate individuals in long-term recovery and acknowledge the work of prevention, treatment and recovery service providers.
Problems with mental illness and substance use disorders are very common and something we should all care about. In 2010, the population of the USA was approximately 308.7 million. During that year, 31.3 million (1 in 10) Americans received treatment for a mental health disorder, 2.6 million (1 in 120) received treatment for a substance use disorder, and more than 20 million (1 in 15) were in recovery from a substance use disorder.
There is hope for people with mental illness and substance use disorders. By seeking help, people can start a new life of improved health and wellness because treatment is effective and people do recover.
Karen Smothers
Clinical Director
Pawnee Mental Health Services