MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- September in National Recovery Month, helping to raise awareness of mental illness and substance abuse disorders and in Manhattan, several groups and local students came together to celebrate those in long term recovery and those who provide care during recovery.
The 2nd annual Recovery Celebration was held at the Manhattan Fire Department headquarters on Denison Avenue Friday in conjunction with National Recovery Month.
Pawnee Mental Health Services along with Kansas State University Alcohol and Other Drug Education Services, ValueOptions (a company that manages health insurance for Medicaid), USD 383, Riley County Court Services and Riley County Community Corrections hosted the event.
Manhattan High School students in the Students Against Destructive Decisions group were also present.
“The purpose of national recovery month is to raise awareness about substance abuse and mental illness disorders, to draw attention to the fact that recovery is possible from a substance abuse disorder and then to also celebrate the work that individuals do in promoting prevention treatment and recovery services,” said Robin Cole, Executive Director of Pawnee Mental Health Services.
“Estimates are that about one in a 150 people are in treatment for a substance abuse disorder every year in the United States and that about one in 15 people are in recovery from a substance abuse disorder and so we don’t have to look very far around ourselves to find a lot of people who are in the process of recovering from addiction,” she added.