September is Recovery Month
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Illinois joins nation in spotlighting
substance abuse treatment
[SEPT. 23, 2006]
-- The Illinois Department of Human Services has been taking part in
special events this month to celebrate recovery and promote
substance abuse treatment. Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich proclaimed
September as Alcohol and other Drug Addiction Recovery Month. The
theme of this year's Recovery Month is "Join the Voices for
Recovery: Build a Stronger, Healthier Community."
"This year, we are joining treatment providers, community
organizations and other IDHS offices to provide informational
activities at events throughout the month of September," said
Illinois Department of Human Services Secretary Carol L. Adams,
Ph.D. "We know that treatment works, and our goal is to raise
awareness and reduce the stigma around substance-use disorders."
Blagojevich has invested more than $200 million in treatment
dollars this year to help thousands of Illinoisans begin their road
to recovery and return to normal, healthy and productive lives.
The DHS Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse funds a
network of community-based agencies that provided treatment services
for some 98,000 individuals in fiscal 2005.
This is the 17th annual Recovery Month. The Department of Human
Services joined with several agencies, advocates and recovering
individuals to celebrate Recovery Month during a special public
awareness event at the James R. Thompson Center on Sept.
5. The event was hosted by Theodora Binion-Taylor, director of the
Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.
The department also featured displays and literature tables
in the Thompson Center atrium Sept. 13-17.
On Sept. 20, the Department of Human Services and several
Springfield area treatment agencies hosted a softball game and
ice cream social at McFarland Mental Health Center in Springfield
with special activities to highlight Recovery Month.
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The Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse has been supporting
and providing displays and literature at the following Recovery Month
Sept. 9 -- Recovery
Walk in Marion, sponsored by Franklin-Williamson Human Services
Sept. 12 -- Cook
County Fantus Clinic
Sept. 13 -- Park
Manor Family Community Resource Center, 1642 W. 59th St.,
Sept. 14 --
Englewood Family Community Resource Center, 5323 S. Western,
Sept. 16 -- Danny
Davis town hall meeting, Malcolm X College, Chicago
Sept. 20 -- Unity
Day, Mount Vernon Church, Mount Vernon
Sept. 21 -- Unity
Day, Good Hope Church, 7100 S. Union, Chicago
Sept. 23 -- Danny
Davis Walk for Recovery, Union Park, Chicago
Sept. 26 --
Department of Human Services,
401 S. Clinton, Chicago
Sept. 30 -- A Safe
Haven Recovery Olympics, Horner Park, Chicago, 9 a.m.
For more information, visit
call 1-800-662-HELP. In Illinois call 1-866-213-0548 for a referral
to treatment services.
Department of Human Services news release]