According to the National Institutes of Mental Health (nih.gov), mental illnesses are very common in the United States. It is estimated that more than one in five adults live with a form of mental illness. The severity of the symptoms can vary widely. Some mental illnesses allow individuals to function at a very high level, whereas some mental illnesses can be debilitating.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported the findings from the 2021 National Survey of Drug Use and Health (samhsa.gov). Among the findings, approximately 16.5% of the population aged 12 and older met the criteria for having a substance use disorder in the prior year. Remarkably, in 2021, fully 94% of people aged 12 and older with a substance use disorder did not receive any treatment. Most of those persons did not believe they needed it.
The findings are astounding. They represent a large percentage of the population that is struggling on some level to get by every day. This is why it is particularly important to celebrate those who seek out treatment and support for recovery.
September is National Recovery Month. Ever since its inception in 1989, it is a national observance to promote and support evidence-based treatment and recovery practices and the many service providers and communities that make overtures to promote and support recovery. Recovery is attainable.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health and/or substance use disorders. Talk with your physician. To look for substance use disorder and/or mental health treatment, FindTreatment.gov has various resources that are searchable by location. Our sister department, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health has many resources on its website. People can also call or text 9-8-8.