The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has dedicated this year’s theme to be Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community. This national awareness month is designated to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions, promoting the belief that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover from mental and substance use disorders.
SAMHSA’s message reinforces that recovery is a collaborative effort between support organizations and the community, and itself is an individualized process — each individual going through the journey of recovery may share similarities, but ultimately what they need for their own recovery will be different from one another.
Did you know?
- In 2016, only about one in 10 (10.6 percent) individuals aged 12 and older needing substance use disorder treatment at a specialty, facility received it.
- In 2016, 43.1 percent of adults aged 18 or older with any mental illness received mental health services.
- This means over half (56.9 percent) of adults with a mental illness did not receive the mental health services they needed in 2016.2
- Additionally, about one in five adults with a mental illness say they do not have access to the treatment they need.
- Individuals experiencing behavioral health conditions have up to a seven times greater chance of facing barriers to medical care than those not experiencing these conditions.
Cascadia strives to provide each individual in recovery the resources and support that they need — providing integrated healthcare to our clients so that we can support all aspects of their health. Cascadia’s addiction counselors see ~1,600 of individuals each year. This month, our addiction support services will expand to include medication supported recovery.
For more information on how Cascadia can help, call us at 503-674-7777.