National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. National Prevention Week 2015 will take place May 17-23, 2015.
The theme for 2015 is “The Voice of One, the Power of All.”
Mental and substance use disorders can have a powerful effect on the health of individuals, their families, and their communities. In 2012, an estimated 9.6 million adults aged 18 and older in the United States had a serious mental illness, and 2.2 million youth aged 12 to 17 had a major depressive episode during the past year. In 2012, an estimated 23.1 million Americans aged 12 and older needed treatment for substance use.
A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that 9.5 percent of full-time workers (ages 18 to 64) experienced a substance use disorder in the past year.
The report shows that an average of 8.7 percent of full-time workers used alcohol heavily in the past month. Heavy drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks on the same occasion on five or more days in the 30 days.
The report also indicates that 8.6 percent of full-time workers used illicit drugs in the past month.
Drug and alcohol use can lead to other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Addressing the impact of substance use alone is estimated to cost Americans more than $600 billion each year.
We can join together to help those around by imitating new heathier behaviors. In the past where risky or unhealthy substance use habits or behaviors have been; encourage people to replace those with new healthy alternatives. Things will change for the better if better choices are made. Some of the new choices may include but not limited to: eating out with new friends, coffee with friends, movies, cookouts, camping, going to the library, fishing, hiking, working out, swimming, canoeing, rafting, boating, gardening, staying busy connecting with other people is key to the power of recovery.
If you know of anyone struggling with alcohol/substance abuse please call the Oasis 501-376-2747