OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY AND RECOVERY MONTH

Those in the recovery community know the importance of reducing the stigma that surrounds substance use and accidental overdose.

Year round, but especially during National Recovery Month (September) and on Overdose Awareness Day (August 31), Chestnut Health Systems™, in partnership with other community organizations, raise awareness, remember those lost to overdose, and support family members and friends impacted by overdose and substance use.

How to Get Help

At Chestnut Health Systems™, we know that seeking treatment for yourself or a loved one can be difficult. We recognize the challenge of finding quality addiction treatment for adolescents and adults. We will help you and your loved ones through every stage of treatment including assessment, understanding treatment recommendations, navigating financial concerns, providing family support, and creating aftercare plans.

We are committed to the highest standards of professional excellence. Our providers work as a team to create a treatment plan unique to each individual. Chestnut provides treatment for addiction and for mental health issues, which is important as the two often go hand-in-hand.

For more information, please call us at 888.924.3786. For Madison and St. Clair Counties and for the Metro East area, call 618.877.4420.

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About National Recovery Month and Overdose Awareness Day

In 1989, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched National Recovery Month to increase awareness surrounding mental health and substance use. SAMHSA also wanted to celebrate success stories to show that living in recovery from substance use is possible.

Sally J. Finn, who was working at a needle and syringe exchange program at The Salvation Army in Melbourne, Australia, founded International Overdose Awareness Day in 2001. The day provides an opportunity for people to publicly mourn loved ones impacted by overdose; to stimulate discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy; and to inform people about substance use support services.

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