In honor of National Recovery Month in September, Recover Alaska is celebrating local success stories of alcohol recovery and encouraging Alaskans to visit its new, online resource that provides information about alcohol abuse. The Recover Alaska Resource Center at RecoverAlaska.org features an alcohol screening tool, information about treatment options, resources and providers and encourages people to submit their stories of recovery in order to spread the message that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.
National Recovery Month is a month dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to celebrate the accomplishments and successes of the millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. At the new Recover Alaska Resource Center website, visitors can hear firsthand stories from Alaskans on the struggles of addiction and the journey to recovery.
“Sharing stories of success is one of the most important things we can do to motivate and inspire those struggling with alcohol abuse, and we want to hear more stories from Alaskans,” said Tiffany Hall, Executive Director, Recover Alaska. “National Recovery Month is a heightened opportunity to share the message and kindle awareness that recovery is possible and that anyone can achieve it. And we want to celebrate those who have! This is an important part of the conversation surrounding alcohol that is often overlooked.”
In Alaska, more than 58,000 adults over the age of 18 struggle with a dependency on alcohol or drugs, according to 2012 McDowell research. The new resource center at RecoverAlaska.org, a partnership with United Way of Anchorage and Alaska 2-1-1, aims to move the needle on this statistic by not only educating Alaskans about alcohol abuse, but by providing a comprehensive searchable database of alcohol related resources and providers, as well as treatment information and answers to frequently asked questions. In addition, Recover Alaska’s partnership with United Way of Anchorage and its Alaska 2-1-1 call center provides information and referral specialists on staff who can confidentially address calls related to alcohol abuse and treatment.
“Alcohol abuse is ruining the lives of too many Alaskans, both young and old,” said U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska. “National Recovery Month is a great time to come together and increase the conversation about the need for recovery so that Alaskans can overcome the addiction that pervades the lives of so many of our family, friends and neighbors.”
About Recover Alaska
Recover Alaska is a statewide multi-sector coalition working to reduce alcohol abuse and harm, so Alaskans are empowered to achieve their full potential. Recover Alaska strives to do this by connecting individuals to appropriate resources and information, raising awareness of the negative impacts of alcohol abuse, advocating for policy change and reducing the stigma that surrounds the issue.
About Alaska 2-1-1
Alaska 2-1-1 is an integrated communication system that connects Alaskans in need to help. Trained information and referral specialists have access to the most comprehensive database of community-based organizations, government agencies and nonprofits throughout the state of Alaska. Information can be provided in almost any language. Calls are confidential and free of charge. Alaska 2-1-1 is operated by United Way of Anchorage, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dial 2-1-1 or 800-478-2221 or visit www.Alaska211.org.