The Placer County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider a resolution proclaiming September 2008 as Alcohol and Drug Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Month. The Supervisors will address passage of the resolution at their regularly scheduled Sept. 9, 2008 meeting at 9:25 a.m.
On Sat., Sept. 13, the Recovery Happens 2008 celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Auburn Recreation Park, located near Old Town Auburn. The celebration is a family fun event held to acknowledge people who are on their way to overcoming alcohol or drug dependency.
The eighth annual Recovery Happens is a free public event and will feature food, live music by Dudley and the Doo-Rights and a wide variety of entertainment for children.
Recovery Happens is part of a nationwide celebration that supports people seeking to recover from substance abuse and recognizes their many success stories. The celebration also seeks to spotlight the prevention, treatment and recovery programs available in Placer County. The Honorable Colleen Nichols, Placer County Superior Court, will be the keynote speaker.
“In Placer County, many people are living productive, satisfying lives as a result of their recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction,” said Maureen Bauman, Director of the Placer County’s Adult System of Care. “Many have received support through Placer’s Drug Court, others through the county’s community-based Health and Human Services Systems of Care programs or our contracted substance abuse treatment providers. People in treatment very often choose recovery with 945 persons annually completing Placer substance abuse treatment programs.
“Conservative estimates show that for every $1 invested in treatment for addiction, there is a return of $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs and losses from theft. When you add the savings to health care, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12 to 1. Treatment truly is a benefit to our entire community.”
Organizers of the Sept. 13 Recovery Happens celebration include several county programs specializing in substance abuse treatment and recovery including the Adult System of Care, the Family Resource Centers of Placer County; MIC (Men/Infants/Children), Community Recovery Resources/ Hope House Perinatal Program and Koinonia.
Other sponsors include the Eagle Counseling Center, Rocklin Community Counseling Center, Progress House, Hope, Help & Healing, New Leaf Counseling Center, Sierra Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency, Re- Entry Inc., Aegis Medical Systems, UC Extension’s Ready to Succeed, and Placer County Agricultural Marketing Program along with Placer’s Welcome Center.
For more information, contact Cara Lucero of the Placer County Health and Human Services Department at 530-889-7617.