The CleanSlate Outpatient Addiction Medicine center in North Meridian hosted a community event on Wednesday, September 4, to raise awareness during National Recovery Month that addiction is a treatable disease. The event included a presentation by motivational speaker Dru Hicks about the value of community in recovery.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 72,000 Americans died of opioid-related drug overdoses in 2017. That same year, an estimated 20.7 million people aged 12 or older needed substance use treatment, yet only 1.5% of people received treatment.
CleanSlate hopes raising awareness of the effectiveness of opioid and alcohol addiction recovery using high quality, medication-assisted treatment will encourage those struggling with the disease to seek help.
?We are committed to helping Indianapolis fight back against the devastating effects addiction can have on our community,? said Angela Oakley, center manager at CleanSlate North Meridian. ?National Recovery Month serves as an excellent opportunity to remind those fighting addiction that outpatient addiction medicine is effective. People can and do recover. Together, we can beat this disease.?
CleanSlate Center Medical Director James Meacham, MD and guest speaker Dru Hicks
Indy North Physician Assistant Debbie Peterson
Indy North MA Susan Poole
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