September has been recognized as National Recovery Month since 1989. To help recognize the yearly observance, The Heart of Texas Behavioral Health Network continues to provide accessible, caring, and responsive support services through its Substance Use Services program.
The agency has established a specialized program to work with individuals with Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders (COPSD). The program provides intensive services and supports designed to reduce harm associated with substance abuse in active consumers of the Center. Specialized case management and counseling are available.
Laura Weaver, the Heart of Texas Behavioral Health Network’s Substance Use Disorder Program Director, says bringing awareness to National Recovery Month and the danger of overdose is critical.
“In 2020, the CDC reported almost 92,000 people died from overdose. Most people who died by overdose had no evidence of substance use treatment before their deaths. Therefore, overdose prevention is so important,” Weaver said. “This is why it so important for the community to be aware of treatment options. This is also why it is important to educate everyone about the danger of substance use.”
Weaver added the agency’s Substance Use Services program provides:
Weaver stressed walk-ins are welcome Monday through Thursday on a first come, first-serve basis, and is highly accessible.
“The program is able to help people with or without insurance. We have state funding so that someone can get treatment regardless of a person’s ability to pay. We have a service area that includes Hill, Bosque, Limestone, Falls, Freestone, and McLennan Counties.”
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says National Recovery Month was established in 1989 as 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 possible in all its forms possible.
Vince Erickson, Director of Community and Governmental
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