This month the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is sponsoring Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.
This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community”, explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental illness and substance use disorders.
Working hard to help our patients and their families
Here at Community Health Connections our mental health professionals and substance abuse specialists work hard every day to help patients and their loved ones address issues of mental illness and substance use disorders and receive proper treatment. While many Americans still go without needed behavioral health treatment, recent changes to the United States health system are removing barriers that prevented some individuals nationwide from accessing behavioral health services.
Data from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that in 2014, 15.7 million adults reported having a major depressive episode (MDE) in the past 12 months. Of those, about one-third of adults (33.2%) nationwide did not seek professional help during the previous 12 months. The 2014 report data also show that 21.2 million Americans ages 12 and older needed treatment for an illegal drug or alcohol use problem in 2014. However, only about 2.5 million people received the specialized treatment they needed in the previous 12 months.
As a result of the Affordable Care Act, a range of health plans are being required to cover essential benefits including mental health and substance abuse treatments. The Affordable Care Act extends the impact of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act so that many health plans must offer coverage for mental health or substance use disorders with at least an equal level of benefits as the plans offer for the treatment of physical health problems.
At CHC, we recognize that individual paths to recovery differ, and packages of treatments and supportive services for mental health and substance use disorders should be tailored to fit individual needs. For many people with behavioral health problems the most effective approach often involves a combination of counseling and medication. Supportive services, such as case or care management, can also play an important role in promoting health and recovery.
To learn about how behavioral health is essential to overall health and the services we provide, contact our behavioral health department today. Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.