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Union County Recognizes National Recovery Month throughout September

“Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community”

The Union County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents that September is National Recovery Month. To celebrate the strides made by those living in recovery and to raise awareness, the Office on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse (OBHSA) acknowledges the focus and re-adoption of the 2021 theme by the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).

The 2022 National Recovery Month theme, Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community, emphasizes that resilience in the path to recovery is possible for all, with the strength and support of a thriving and educated community.

“The Commissioner Board is committed to empowering those around us by providing education about the various options for treatment and services available within Union County,” said County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Treatment is effective and people can and do recover. We encourage residents to seek assistance if they need to address behavioral health or substance abuse issues.”

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), which started in 1989, is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all its forms possible.

Along with the Union County Board of County Commissioners, OBHSA will join the NAADAC, in declaring September 20, 2022 as National Addiction Professionals Day. Started by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals in 1992, the day was established to acknowledge and celebrate the dedication that addiction professionals provide to supporting our fellow residents to recovery.

If you or someone you know needs assistance with a substance abuse disorder, call the central line for NJ residents at 1-844-732-2465. It is available 24/7, and offers free, confidential, and live assistance. The trained staff will provide screening and quickly identify the caller’s needs to connect them to local treatment providers.

The OBHSA is a part of the Department of Human Services and is available provide resources to address well-being. For specific information about services for Mental Health, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, or prevention efforts, please visit: https://ucnj.org/dhs/individual-and-family-services/.

To contact the Union County Department of Human Services, residents can use the online contact form at ucnj.org/dhs, email the DHS Action Line at DHSaction@ucnj.org, or call the Action Line at 888-558-2288.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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