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September: Embracing Recovery & Increasing Access to Addiction Treatment

Sep 6, 2023 11:09:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services

Every September, National Recovery Month serves as a beacon of hope for those grappling with addiction, reminding us that recovery is achievable. It highlights the stories of individuals who have embarked on the challenging path of recovery and emerged as victors. Initiated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Recovery Month emphasizes the societal advantages of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental health and substance use disorders.

According to SAMHSA, an estimated 40.3 million Americans aged 12 and older had a substance use disorder in 2020. Shockingly, only 2.7 million individuals received treatment at specialized facilities. This glaring treatment gap underscores the imperative to increase access to addiction treatment across the nation.


In the pursuit of establishing additional addiction centers across the nation, there are compelling reasons to expand these vital resources.

Accessibility and Timely Intervention: Addiction knows no boundaries; it affects individuals from all walks of life. The absence of access can exacerbate addiction-related issues, potentially leading to dire consequences. The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health underscores the significance of early intervention, indicating that timely treatment can mitigate the long-term negative ramifications of addiction.

Comprehensive Care and a Holistic Approach: Addiction, often intertwined with co-occurring mental health disorders, is a complex issue that demands a multifaceted treatment approach. Comprehensive addiction treatment plays a pivotal role by offering a spectrum of services, including medical detoxification, behavioral therapy, counseling, and post-treatment support. This holistic approach effectively addresses not only the physical aspects of addiction but also delves into the psychological and emotional dimensions, significantly enhancing the prospects of successful recovery.

Fostering Community Support and Reducing Stigma: Local addiction centers actively participate in community-driven recovery initiatives. They cultivate a strong sense of community and solidarity, effectively diminishing the prevalent stigma linked to addiction. Extensive data documented by SAMHSA reaffirms the beneficial effects of community-based programs in facilitating long-lasting recovery and the smooth reintegration of individuals into society.


Ascension Recovery Services acknowledges the compelling demand for increased access to addiction treatment and presents a comprehensive solution to confront this challenge. With years of experience in the field, Ascension RS possesses the acumen to guide communities in the establishment and management of addiction treatment centers. From designing tailor-made treatment programs to furnishing administrative support, Ascension RS is unwavering in its commitment to creating havens of healing and recovery.

As September unfolds, let us bear in mind that recovery is not just an individual voyage, but a collective endeavor. National Recovery Month serves as a reminder that recovery is a tangible goal and that we must persist in championing the expansion of addiction treatment across the United States. In partnership with Ascension Recovery Services, communities can proactively advance towards erecting a healthier, addiction-free future for all.

Learn more about some of our clients, such as Wise Path Recovery Centers, which has three locations in West Virginia (WV), as well as kathy ireland® Recovery Centers, which has a location in WV and one in New Hampshire. These centers exemplify the positive impact that accessible and comprehensive addiction treatment centers can have on communities and individuals alike. Their success stories inspire us to continue our mission of expanding addiction treatment, providing hope, and fostering a healthier nation.

Topics: Addiction Recovery, program development, expanding access, expansion of access, Recovery Month

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Ascension Recovery Services is a team of experts and specialists with years of experience working with individuals and organizations aiming to open behavioral health organizations.

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