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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2012
 
CONTACT
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or marla.augustine@nebraska.gov
 
:30 second PSA for Recovery Month can be found at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/audio.aspx
 
Sound bites from Scot L. Adams, Ph.D., are available at: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/audio/
 
Behavioral Health Consumers Can Achieve Recovery
September is Recovery Month
 
Lincoln—Addiction treatment and mental health services can help those with mental and/or substance use disorders live healthy and rewarding lives, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
 
“People with mental illnesses or substance use disorders can manage and recover from those conditions, just like people manage and recover from other health conditions, like hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease,” said Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health.  “Many individuals are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery, with stronger relationships and a sense of self-worth.”
 
In Nebraska, over 36,800 people received services through the state’s public behavioral health system in 2011.  Treatment included psychotherapy, medications, and peer support.  Peer support is offered by people who are in recovery to help others achieve their own recoveries.
 
“There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery,” Adams said.  “People in recovery achieve healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally, and contribute in positive ways to their communities.”
 
“While the road to recovery may be difficult, the benefits of overcoming behavioral health conditions are significant and valuable to individuals, families, and communities,” Adams said.
 
“Too many people are still unaware that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover. Help is available,” he said.
 
Resources for prevention and treatment in Nebraska are available on the Network of Care page on the DHHS website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/behavioral_health/Pages/networkofcare_index.aspx. Individuals with family or personal problems can also contact the Nebraska Family Helpline at 1-888-866-8660.
 
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
Behavioral health is essential to health.
Prevention works.
Treatment is effective.
People recover.