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September 20, 2010

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or

Director: Addiction is a treatable disease

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

Lincoln—Over 75,000 Nebraskans have alcohol and drug abuse problems and can benefit from treatment, according to Scot Adams, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Behavioral Health of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

“Addiction is a treatable disease,” Dr. Adams said. “Recovery from substance abuse will benefit not only the person with a problem, but also family, friends, the workplace, and society as a whole.”

There are resources to help. The Nebraska Treatment Referral Hotline at 1-800-648-4444 can connect people with addiction to licensed alcohol and drug counselors and several kinds of treatment programs, including residential treatment centers, outpatient treatment programs, and hospital inpatient programs.

There is also the Nebraska Network of Care, which is a national, state and local resource designed to bring recovery resources under one location. The site includes a social networking system and recovery-oriented tools for personal health information and recovery planning. It can be found at .

“The bright side of addiction is recovery,” Dr. Adams said. “Everyone needs hope for the future. Hope is what enables people to stick to their recovery plans and get their lives back under control.”