A bipartisan, bicameral group of U.S. Congress members recently released their plan to highlight National Recovery Month in Congress this month.
The plan includes events focusing on people in recovery and a Congressional Day of Action.
At some point in their lives, one in seven Americans will experience addiction. Nationwide, 20.2 million people know someone in recovery for drug or alcohol use, and 30.8 million people know someone with a mental health issue.
“Issues surrounding addiction and substance use disorder are complex and an unfortunate challenge for so many families across our country, especially during the ongoing pandemic,” U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) said. “COVID-19 has brought fear, uncertainty, stress, and many other overwhelming emotions to those who face the day-to-day reality of overcoming addiction and made it more difficult for them to access care. Now more than ever, we must support our loved ones, friends, and neighbors who are struggling with substance use disorder and celebrate those living in recovery.”
The pandemic, the members stated, has created heightened anxiety and social isolation, made it more difficult to obtain access to recovery drugs such as naloxone, made it more difficult to access peer-support group meetings and face-to-face visits with addiction professionals, and caused community health centers to see a sharp decline in revenue.