OSWEGO – The Oswego County Legislature recently proclaimed September as Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month with a presentation to the Oswego County Division of Mental Hygiene. All county residents are encouraged to embrace this year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Recovery Benefits Everyone.”
More than 13,000 Oswego County residents, an estimated 12.9 percent, have a chemical dependence service need. Education is essential to prevention, overcoming misconceptions, and achieving long-term recovery. Treatment and recovery improve a community’s welfare; provide a renewed outlook on life for those who struggle with substance use disorders and gambling addictions, and offer hope and encouragement to their families and friends.
The Oswego County Division of Mental Hygiene works throughout the county to increase public awareness of substance abuse and gambling addiction issues and recognize the achievements of those in recovery. Dedicated local agencies such as the County of Oswego Council of Alcoholism and Addictions, Farnham Family Services, Harbor Lights, and OCO Arbor House provide support to individuals with addictions as well as their families and reach out to those in need of support. Service providers are also able to offer community outreach and prevention presentations to schools, churches, community groups and organizations.
If you or someone you know is affected by addiction, or if you would like to schedule a prevention presentation, contact one of the following community organizations:
• Oswego County Division of Mental Hygiene: 315/963-5361
• County of Oswego Council on Alcohol and Addictions (COCOAA): 315/342-2370
• Farnham Family Services: 315/342-4489
• Harbor Lights: 315/963-0777
Additional resources that also offer services include:
• NYS Hope Help-Line: 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369)
• Alcoholics Anonymous: www.aa.org
• Al-Anon Family Groups: www.al-anon.org
• Alateen: www.alateen.org
For more information, contact the Oswego County Division of Mental Hygiene at 315/963-5361, or visit the department’s Web site at http://www.oswegocounty.com/dss/mental.html.