BENNINGTON >> On Sept. 16 at 7 p.m., the community is invited to the Turning Point Center on Main Street for the showing of "The Anonymous People", a feature documentary about the 23+ million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Stepping out of the shadows, the courageous addiction recovery advocates have begun to fuel a passionate new public recovery movement that will transform public perception, and ultimately the response to the addiction crisis.
Join us for this prelude to the Bennington County 3rd Annual Recovery Walk to be held Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. beginning at the former junior high school on Main Street. Free Tee-shirts to the first 80 people that sign up. Two of our own community members will tell their own stories in relation to addictions and recovery.
Each September is National Recovery Month the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions.
The 2016 Recovery Month theme "Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!" highlights the importance of families, communities, and individuals sharing stories of recovery to encourage others to make a personal connection with the recovery.
The prevalence of mental and/or substance use disorder is high. 43.6 million (18.1 percent of adults age 18 or older) struggled with mental illness in the past year. Approximately 21.5 million people age 12 or older were classified with a substance use disorder in 2014. In spite of their high prevalence, most Americans believe that recovery is possible. Many people do recover.
For more information stop by the Turning Point at 465 Main St. or call us at 802-236-4967.