Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed September as Recovery Month in Minnesota, in recognition of the annual National Recovery Month, which marks its 25th anniversary this year.
During the month DHS, its partners and the nation celebrate people who have reclaimed their lives in recovery from substance abuse and mental health and honor providers who make these recoveries possible. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out.”
DHS is sponsoring a free public showing of the film “The Anonymous People” and panel discussion with actor and vocalist T. Mychael Rambo as moderator from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Landmark Center Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, 75 5th St., St. Paul. “The Anonymous People” is a documentary about the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. The film highlights the movement to change public perception of people with substance use disorders and the public response to the addiction crisis.
Displays and information will also be in the lobby of the Elmer L. Andersen Building during the month.
DHS is a partner in other Recovery Month events sponsored by the Minnesota Recovery Connection. These include the Walk for Recovery, which starts with registration at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis.
More information is available at www.minnesotarecovery.org.
As a tougher state law against synthetic drugs goes into effect this month, Minnesotans also have a new website to get factual information about the dangers and risks posed by the deadly substances.
KnowTheDangers.com is designed to provide resources and information for parents, youth, educators, health care professionals and others who may encounter synthetic drugs. Visitors to KnowTheDangers.com can learn what types of substances, packaging and paraphernalia to look for, as well as what effects these drugs may have and how to reach out for help. The website is optimized for mobile and tablet devices. More information is available in a news release.
Efforts to curb a wave of prescription drug abuse and addiction to other opiates marked the first full year of the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy. Minnesota met the strategy's immediate goals to increase education for physicians and other front-line professionals about treatments for opioid dependence, how abuse of opioid-based prescription drugs can lead to addiction to other opiates like heroin and how to reverse an opiate overdose. More information is in a news release about the substance abuse strategy's first-year report .
In January 2014 DHS released Chemical Dependency Provider Performance Measures 2012 (PDF), which shows addiction treatment outcomes for all of Minnesota and for individual treatment providers licensed under Rule 31. Among measures reported are rates of homelessness, unemployment, arrest, alcohol and drug use, involvement in self-help groups and family support for recovery at the time individuals are admitted and at the time of their discharge. Declines in these rates are seen as showing success in treatment.
The report also includes information, by provider and statewide, on gender, race, age, primary substance, source of income and referral source of people receiving treatment.