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National Addiction Recovery Month Forum set for Thursday

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. It is a time to focus attention on creating solutions to problems associated with the nationwide epidemic of addiction, which costs the United States $276 billion annually. Join the effort to raise awareness about the effectiveness of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, take action to reduce the stigma associated with addiction, and learn about the availability and accessibility of treatment programs.

San Antonio Demand Treatment! will present the community forum “We Recover Together: Family, Friends and Community” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. The forum, which is free and open to the public, is in room 309L of the Medical School building at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. Featured guest speakers will include Jim Atkinson, noted Texas journalist, author and contributing editor to Texas Monthly magazine, speaking about his personal road to recovery, and Susan Yerkes, San Antonio Express-News columnist, recounting her own victory over addiction.

An open discussion forum will follow, with expert panelists representing treatment, intervention, prevention and recovery. Panelists are from the Metropolitan Health Care District, Community First Health Care Plans, The Patrician Movement, the Family Services Association, the University Health System, Methodist Healthcare Ministries and the San Antonio Police Department. Refreshments will follow.

The event is presented by San Antonio Demand Treatment!, a community coalition of 35 city and county partners. San Antonio was one of 16 cities nationwide to receive a grant supporting initiatives to increase treatment for alcohol and drug addiction.

Contact: Kathryn Dattomo or Will Sansom