For an entire month, the Augusta Coalition for Addiction Recovery Awareness focuses on addiction, as a disease, and ways to prevent it.
Jessica Epps from Steppingstones to Recovery explains, "it's estimated that 40 million people, I believe, in America are still in need of treatment services for substance abuse."
Whether it's from a battle with an illegal substance or something completely legal, Jessica Epps says each September, thousands come together to fight addiction. And although the rising trend in synthetic drug addictions has been noted, Epps says a legal substance is still the leading source of addiction.
"It is a huge problem, but alcohol dependency continues to be the primary diagnosis that we see at our facility," she adds.
She says the important thing to remember is no matter the poison, people struggling with addiction can and do recover. People like Ron Ellis.
"Crack cocaine is the one that took me down," Ellis tells News Channel 6's Tyrone McCoy.
Ellis says now that he's taken his steps to recovery, he feels it's important to those who are still trying to kick the habit.
He goes on, "there's so many people out there who need the help that don't know where to go to get the help, or can't afford the help."
This month and every other month, Ellis spreads his message through the Bridge Ministry and Steppingstones to Recovery in hopes to inspire change, he says.
Something he and Epps agree makes National Awareness Month an integral part of that story.
"It took years to get to where we're at as addicts. So we need a longer time to redo all those bad habits to relearn to live life," Ellis leaves News Channel 6's Tyrone McCoy with.
To learn more about the events of Recovery Month in your city, please visit: http://www.recoverymonth.gov/
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