THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
August 31, 2010
NATIONAL ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION RECOVERY MONTH, 2010
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Each day brings new opportunities for personal growth,
renewal, and transformation to millions of Americans who have
chosen to forge a path toward recovery from addiction to drugs
or alcohol. While addiction can destroy self-confidence, family
ties, and friendships, recovery can restore the promise of a
brighter tomorrow. During National Alcohol and Drug Addiction
Recovery Month, we express support for those living healthy and
productive lives in long-term recovery, we applaud those working
to help struggling Americans break the cycle of abuse, and we
encourage those in need to seek help.
This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Now More
Than Ever!,” calls us to an urgent mission — to save lives from
the hazards of addiction. As we make quality and affordable
health care more accessible to all Americans, we also resolve to
build a healthier Nation by increasing access to treatment and
recovery programs in our health care system. To help achieve
this goal, the Affordable Care Act supports services available
to address addiction.
Together, we can reduce the harmful
consequences of untreated addiction, such as violence,
failure in school, job loss, child abuse, crimes, and death.
I encourage all Americans to visit RecoveryMonth.gov for more
resources and information.
The journey to recovery requires great fortitude and a
supportive network. As we celebrate National Alcohol and Drug
Addiction Recovery Month, we also express our appreciation for
the family members, mutual aid groups, peer support programs,
health professionals, and community leaders that provide
compassion, care, and hope. Across America, we must spread
the word that substance abuse is preventable, that addiction
is treatable, and that recovery is possible.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the
United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested
in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States,
do hereby proclaim September 2010 as National Alcohol and
Drug Addiction Recovery Month.
I call upon all Americans to
more observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities, and to celebrate the lives freed from addiction to illicit drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord
two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
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