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September 6, 2011

September is Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

OSWEGO COUNTY DESIGNATES SEPTEMBER AS ALCOHOL AND ADDICTION RECOVERY MONTH - The Oswego County Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee recently presented a proclamation designating September as Alcohol and Addiction Recovery Month. At hand for the presentation in the front row were legislators Margaret Kastler, District 1; James Karasek, District 22; Jeff Grimshaw, board president of Farnham Family Services; Committee Chairman John Proud, District 7; Jeanne Unger, executive director of Farnham Family Services; Nicole Kolmsee, director of community services of the Oswego County Division of Mental Hygiene; Committee Vice Chairman Jake Mulcahey, District 15; Ronald Sakonyi, District 5; Terry Wilbur, District 21; and Barbara Brown, District 8. In the back row were service agency representatives Maria Downey, Oswego County Division of Mental Hygiene; Mary Jo Prioetta, Farnham Family Services; Katie Backus, Oswego County Division of Mental Hygiene; Deborah Bills, executive director of the County of Oswego Council on Alcohol and Addictions; Patrick Waite, Oswego County Opportunities Residential Services; Karen Hoffman, Farnham Family Services; and Cindy Solazzo, Farnham Family Services.

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Legislature recently proclaimed September as Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month with a presentation to the Oswego County Division of Mental Hygiene. All county residents are encouraged to embrace this year's theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Recovery Benefits Everyone."

More than 13,000 Oswego County residents, an estimated 12.9 percent, have a chemical dependence service need. Education is essential to prevention, overcoming misconceptions, and achieving long-term recovery. Treatment and recovery improve a community's welfare; provide a renewed outlook on life for those who struggle with substance use disorders and gambling addictions, and offer hope and encouragement to their families and friends.

The Oswego County Division of Mental Hygiene works throughout the county to increase public awareness of substance abuse and gambling addiction issues and recognize the achievements of those in recovery. Dedicated local agencies such as the County of Oswego Council of Alcoholism and Addictions, Farnham Family Services, Harbor Lights, and OCO Arbor House provide support to individuals with addictions as well as their families and reach out to those in need of support. Service providers are also able to offer community outreach and prevention presentations to schools, churches, community groups and organizations.

If you or someone you know is affected by addiction, or if you would like to schedule a prevention presentation, contact one of the following community organizations:

  • Oswego County Division of Mental Hygiene: 315-963-5361
  • County of Oswego Council on Alcohol and Addictions (COCOAA): 315-342-2370
  • Farnham Family Services: 315-342-4489
  • Harbor Lights: 315-963-0777

Additional resources that also offer services include:

For more information, contact the Oswego County Division of Mental Hygiene at 315/963-5361, or visit the department's Web site at oswegocounty.com/dss/mental.html.

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