I had an opportunity to attend an uplifting event called Recovery Happens 2008 recently.
It was a family-friendly event at Auburn’s Recreation Park to support people recovering from alcohol or drug dependency. It made a lasting impression on me for several reasons.
First, it demonstrated that many residents are successfully navigating the road to recovery from alcoholism and drug addition.
Second, it showed that prevention, treatment and recovery programs in Placer County are making a difference in people’s lives, thanks to many local agencies.
Third, it highlighted the importance of a group called the Placer County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board.
I have represented the Board of Supervisors on the advisory board the last two years. It was set up in 1993 to be a 15-person body, but currently has several vacancies.
We are especially interested in members to represent clients of county mental health, alcohol and drug programs. They can be the client themselves, parents, spouses, siblings, adult children or significant others.
The advisory board also has openings for professionals with expertise in mental health and substance abuse treatment.
I encourage people in both groups to submit applications if they are interested in serving on the advisory body. It plays an important role in evaluating the community’s mental health, alcohol and drug programs and in serving as an advisory body for both the county Board of Supervisors and Health and Human Services Department.
For more information, please call Janna Jones at (530) 889-7254 or go to the county website at www.placer.ca.gov/bos/ComComNu?Items36.aspx.
Recovery Happens is part of a nationwide celebration held to support people recovering from substance abuse and to recognize their success stories. During our local Recovery Happens event, participants shared their stories of healing and renewal.
It is encouraging for them to hear from former substance abusers who are leading successful, productive and happy lives through years of recovery. It shows those still struggling that the hope of recovery is possible.
Please consider applying to serve on our Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board, especially if your family or workplace has had experiences in these issues. We need your help to best serve our community.