by Cristy Allyn Willer
September 23, 2004
September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. It is a fitting time to congratulate anyone you know who has struggled with and overcome alcoholism or addiction.
You may not be able to find a person in recovery to celebrate, however. They don't stand out from the crowd very much. They blend into your neighborhood, sit in the next cubicle, share your pew. They borrow your books in Math class.
By being in recovery, they are saving you a great deal of money, for emergency medical care or police action, among other things(1). They are not behind the wheel of a car, groggily waiting to hit the accelerator as you cross the street(2). They are not robbing your home to support their habit(3), nor lighting your house afire(4).
People in recovery come from any walk of life. Statistically, there is a very good chance that you have someone like this in your circle of friends. Please join us at the Department of Health and Social Services Division of Behavioral Health in raising an (alcohol-free) toast to each and every one of them.
Cristy Allyn Willer
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