RECOVERY TREES TO SPROUT ALL OVER LOUISVILLE IN SEPTEMBER
Area treatment agencies invited persons in recovery to add a leaf in celebration of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Month
Louisville, KY 09-3-2014 – During the month of September, the Jefferson Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center (JADAC), a division of Seven Counties Services, Inc., Our Lady of Peace, a part of KentuckyOne Health, (OLOP) and Volunteers of America (VOA) invites all persons in the region who are in recovery from addictions to complete and hang a “sobriety/drug-free date leaf” on the Recovery Trees at JADAC at: 600 South Preston Street, Our Lady of Peace (OLOP) at: 2020 Newburg Road or Volunteers of America of KY (VOA) at 933 Goss Avenue.
The Recovery Tree sprouted here in Louisville in recognition of September as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Month. We will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the National Addiction Recovery Month, supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to recognize people in recovery from addictions, as well as their families, friends, and treatment providers.
Louisville will host the National rally that is sponsored by Persons Advocating Recovery (PAR) on Saturday, September 20th at the Louisville Waterfront Park-Big Four Lawn from 11:00pm-3:00pm. The treatment centers JADAC, OLOP and VOA Kentucky will have sprouted a forest within the community to celebrate the rally.
All businesses and government offices are encouraged to create their own Recovery Trees. No workplace is immune from alcohol and drug problems and nearly all have persons in active recovery. According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, over 77 percent of all adults with alcohol and/or drug problems are in the workforce.
“Offering wellness, healing and hope to those impacted by addiction throughout the region is part of our mission,” said Jennifer Nolan, president, Our Lady of Peace. "The more reminders we provide that recovery from addiction is possible, the more individuals we can inspire to continue the fight to success.”
This year, the Recovery Month theme, “Recovery Rocks,” promotes the need for better awareness and increased understanding about addiction, treatment, and recovery for the entire community, as well as awareness about the importance of access to treatment and recovery.
Recent research, shows that drug overdoses have surpassed car wrecks as the number one cause of accidental death. According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.1 million people ages 12 and older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem last year, but only 2.5 million received treatment at a specialty facility. Diane Hague, Director of JADAC states “We highlight this month to raise awareness that addiction is an illness that affects many in our community, but there is effective treatment . Recovery Trees are a symbol of the benefits that result from investing in treatment and recovery for people with addictions and their families.”
“Recovery is a time for celebration and fellowship. Volunteers of America of Kentucky is excited to have a celebration with clients that we have served and that are currently in our programs on September 12, 2013 at our Shelby Campus. Due to the rise of heroin and other addictions in this community we need to support our community through services such as treatment and education. VOA KY is committed to this community to continue to provide these services,” said Jennifer McMinn Director of Clinical services at VOA Kentucky.
About Seven Counties Services, Inc.
Seven Counties Services, Inc., a private, not-for-profit Corporation, is the state-designated regional behavioral health and developmental services organization for Louisville and surrounding counties (Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble) in Kentucky. The mission of Seven Counties is to build healthy communities by helping individuals and families who are affected by addiction/abuse, mental illness and developmental disabilities realize their potential. Through our mission, we envision communities where those we serve live satisfying, productive and valued lives.
Seven Counties is fully accredited by the Joint Commission (formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations). It is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective programming. The organization is the largest non-hospital, not-for-profit and one of the top thirty employers in the Louisville metro area. More than 1,400 clinical and administrative staff members and 400 volunteers create and deliver quality services to more than 32,000 persons each year. For more information, visit www.sevencounties.org.
About Our Lady of Peace
Our Lady of Peace, a part of KentuckyOne Health, is a private, not-for-profit psychiatric hospital in Louisville, Ky. The hospital was originally founded in 1951 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and is currently operating 261 beds, one of the largest in the nation. The Children’s Peace Center at Our Lady of Peace is the largest and most comprehensive private provider of child/adolescent inpatient psychiatric care in the country. Our Lady of Peace operates a full continuum of psychiatric services for patients from young children to seniors. There are specialty programs for children and adolescents who have complex treatment needs, such as intellectual or developmental disabilities; forensic issues; and/or co-occurring substance abuse. Patients come to Peace from all over Kentucky and the surrounding region, visit www.kentuckyonehealth.org/ourladyofpeace.
About VOA of Kentucky
Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America of Kentucky creates positive change in the lives of individuals and communities through a ministry of service. Volunteers of America of Kentucky’s programs directly address the quality of life of individuals in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Southern Indiana by meeting the material, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families. Volunteers of America of Kentucky has a long history of working with individuals and families facing substance abuse problems. We offer a complete system of care ranging from community outreach, prevention, assessment, outpatient treatment, long term residential treatment and aftercare services. Our programs are designed to provide clinical services by licensed and trained addiction treatment professionals with a focus on recovery. Learn more at www.voaky.org.
For More Information Contact:
Amanda Newton, Jefferson Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center
502-744-8887 [email protected]
Barbara Mackovic, Our Lady of Peace
502-562-7075 [email protected]
Jenny Recktenwald, VOA of KY
502-636-4647 [email protected]