GRAAB, YMCA to host seminar
by By DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
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Tanya Southerland
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The GRAAB Coalition, in partnership with the Cleveland Family YMCA, will host a workshop on addiction for those interested in the causes, effects and potential for recovery.

Going Respectfully Against Addictive Behaviors Coalition executive director Tanya Southerland has been working hard to get the word out.

“It is important to offer workshops such as this one in our community,” Southerland said. “If we can help just one family get the answers they need for substance abuse addiction, then we have succeeded.”

The goal of the workshop is to target individuals and families with loved ones currently struggling with addiction.

“We all have the potential to make a difference,” Southerland said. “We can all be examples of good health and wellness.

The workshop will take place on Sept. 14 at the YMCA from 1 to 4 p.m.

Southerland explained the impact of addiction, especially to substances, is felt on a local and national level.

According to a survey released in March 2012 by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, 10 percent of all Americans, 18 and older, labeled themselves as recovering from drug or alcohol abuse problems.

This means approximately 23.5 million American adults were once addicted to drugs and alcohol. They are currently working to overcome their involvement with their substance of choice. These individuals often require a network of support to help them in the recovery process.

A recent press release sent out by Southerland explained, “The workshop will emphasize the importance of seeking physical and mental wellness every day, through multiple pathways and throughout the recovery process, to achieve health and well-being.”

She emphasized the importance of people struggling with mental and/or substance abuse disorders receiving the support needed from not only friends and family, but the community. Area counselors will be present during the workshop to detail the best steps toward recovery.

Attention will also be given to individuals suffering with a mental disorder, especially those who also struggle with a substance abuse addiction.

Statistics released by the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found 45.6 million people, 18 and older, had a mental illness. Only 31.6 million of the original number received mental health services. Additionally, 20.6 million, “were classified with substance abuse in 2011, and 3.8 million people aged 12 or older received treatment for a substance use disorder.”

Everything in the workshop will tie back together with substance abuse and addiction. Families and friends seeking answers for loved ones will have the opportunity to receive information and ask questions. The workshop is a part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Recovery Month. According to a recent press release by Southerland, “the observance raises awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment and recovery support services.”

For more information on the workshop, contact the GRAAB Coalition by phone at 423-472-5800 or 423-653-9969.