With the current opioid crisis and addiction on the rise in the United States, more and more people are wanting to volunteer and help make a change in their community. Areas impacted by devastating alcohol or drug-related accidents, deaths, and charges may feel that it’s time to stand up and promote abstinence, support, and health information to keep people informed. Thankfully, there are many ways to get involved both online and in-person. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has listed several reasons why volunteering and partaking in community projects can be beneficial:
- It helps people feel needed and valued
- It makes a difference in someone’s life
- It helps people develop skills that they may otherwise be unaware of
- People often feel as though they are a part of something larger than themselves
- People often feel proud of their accomplishments
- It allows people to contribute to their own community
While there are many more benefits, there are even more ways to help. The National Institute on Drug Abuse provides a step-by-step process of developing a drug prevention program for the community. You can find that here: http://bit.ly/2ykRL7L. Lloyd Sederer, contributor to the U.S. News, reported several other actions that can be taken such as identifying and cracking down on prescribers who are providing copious quantities of narcotics, utilizing television, radio and social media to educate people about drug-abuse prevention, educate people about what proper addiction treatment must include, expose treatment centers who are not providing comprehensive treatment for substance abuse, and more. You can find a further list with information here: http://bit.ly/2zpXmgC.
NPR.org discussed just last year a community in Rutland, VT who decided to act on the addiction crisis. College interns worked with the police to access real-time data, community members launched a program to assist pregnant women with opioid addiction, and the city overall has focused on intense renovation efforts to beautify the community and bring people together. There is something that you can do. All you must do is decide how you want to help and then take the steps to get there.
If you have a mental illness and/or addiction and want to be a part of a treatment center that promotes a supportive environment, call us today at 888-316-3665. New Vista Behavioral Health is home to several treatment centers with a healthcare team that truly cares about your recovery. You deserve to get control back over your life. Call us today for a consultation.