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Illinois joins nation in alcohol and drug treatment focus during Recovery Month

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[SEPT. 14, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich has proclaimed September as Alcohol and other Drug Addiction Recovery Month. The theme of this year's Recovery Month is "Join the Voices for Recovery…Now!" The Illinois Department of Human Services will take part in a number of special events this month to celebrate recovery and promote substance abuse treatment.

"Drug addiction is a chronic illness that, just like many other diseases, can be controlled with proper treatment," Gov. Blagojevich said. "My administration has invested $208 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 Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse of the Department of Human Services funds a network of community-based agencies that provided treatment services for some 98,000 people in fiscal 2004.

"Substance abuse and its co-existing problems affect thousands of Illinoisans, either directly or through a friend or family member," said DHS Secretary Carol L. Adams, Ph.D. "We know that treatment works, and in highlighting Recovery Month we are standing together to reduce the stigma surrounding substance abuse and sounding the call for treatment and recovery."


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This is the 15th year for Recovery Month activities.

Displays and literature tables are set up in the James R. Thompson Center atrium Sept. 13-17.

The Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse will provide displays and literature at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield Sept. 16-17 and at the Mount Vernon one-stop office at 33 Potomac Blvd., just off Interstate 57 in Mount Vernon.

For more information, visit or call 1 (800) 662-HELP. In Illinois call 1 (866) 213-0548 for a referral to treatment services.

[News release from the governor's office]

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