Delaware HHS secretary speaks on importance of treating addiction

Delaware HHS secretary speaks on importance of treating addiction

Molly Magarik, Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) secretary, recently spoke about the importance of treating mental and substance use disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic is difficult for all of us emotionally, but none more so than Delawareans struggling with addiction, mental illness, or both,” Magarik said. “And with such public health measures as social distancing in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we know treatment referrals for individuals with behavioral health issues can be more difficult to access, their recovery plans can be altered, and the actual treatment and recovery supports can look very different than what people are used to receiving. Still, we know that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people do live a long, quality life in recovery. DHSS can provide Delawareans with the resources they need.”

September is National Recovery Month. The purpose is to acknowledge the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services; raise awareness of mental and substance use disorders; and celebrate individuals in long-term recovery.

In observance, DHSS’s Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health is sponsoring Recovery Month events statewide.

The Delaware Hope Line is a 24 hours a day, seven days a week hotline providing resources and information, including behavioral health treatment options.