Representatives Tim Ryan and Paul Tonko Statements on National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan and Paul Tonko, Co-Chair and Vice-Chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus made the following statements in recognition of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month:
“I am pleased to commemorate National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, which demonstrates that recovery from addiction is possible. It is hard to escape the current news reports of the growing heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic that we are experiencing across the country. But those who are suffering from addiction should be reassured that recovery is possible and that it can be successfully treated when given access to the right services,” said Rep. Ryan. “As Co-Chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, I know how important it is to make sure every person who wants help receives quality and affordable treatment for substance abuse. As a community we must come together to educate and raise awareness about addiction issues in hope of decreasing the negative stigma that continues to exist today. I would like to extend all my hope and support for those who are continuing to struggle with substance abuse as they move forward on this difficult journey.”
“September is a month to reflect on the progress we have made to ensure recovery from addiction is possible in every corner of our nation – but it is also a time to take stock of the hurdles that await us. As we work to bring awareness to emerging challenges and advance prevention and treatment in the addiction community, I look forward to working with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to provide the resources that individuals, families and health care professionals need to live healthy and rewarding lives. This National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, let’s advertise our victories as well as where we’ve fallen short – so that we may inspire those struggling to overcome their challenges and turn past failures into future success,” said Rep. Tonko.