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National Recovery Month seeks to shatter stigma of substance abuse

Reprinted from Herald Mail Media 

HARRISBURG, Pa. — This month is National Recovery Month, which resonates in Pennsylvania, where drug and alcohol addiction and other substance-use disorders affect one in four families.

The Building Bridges to Recovery Initiative is one effort that was created for recovery month as a way to help raise awareness and reshape the stigma surrounding substance-use disorders.

This month marks the second annual building bridges initiative, a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Drugs and Alcohol Programs, Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council and Pennsylvania Parent Panel Advisory Council.

Carly Miller, media secretary for the DDAP, said in a telephone interview that building bridges seeks to encourage individuals and families who suffer from substance-use disorders that there is hope and recovery can happen.

“It is something that many Pennsylvania families and individuals suffer with silently,” Miller said. “There is such a stigma, and the fear of people talking behind their back.”


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