RALEIGH, N.C. – (September 2, 2020) Alcoholism is a crippling disease that can ruin — and take — lives.
That’s why during September’s National Recovery Month, Talk It Out NC, a state-sponsored initiative to reduce underage drinking and raise awareness of the epidemic, encourages families to discuss alcohol use before the temptation to drink turns into tragedy. Talk It Out NC Ambassadors are helping families across the state to look out for signs their kids are in trouble and offer solutions to get them help.
“National Recovery Month provides a great opportunity for parents to start the conversation about underage drinking. And, hopefully, prevent alcoholism and substance misuse later in life,” says Deputy Director of Education and Outreach for the NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Jim Van Hecke. “We encourage every parent to talk to their kids about alcohol, underage drinking, and peer pressure. Having open and honest conversations about drinking with their parents gives kids a head start on living a life without alcohol misuse. If children already have a problem with alcohol, we give parents tools to start a conversation that can be the first step on the road to a successful recovery.”
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, sponsors National Recovery Month. Now in its 31st year, the observance educates Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The theme for 2020’s National Recovery Month is “Join theVoices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.” This year’s theme reminds people in recovery — and those who support them — that everyone has victories to celebrate.
Talk It Out NC supports National Recovery Month by encouraging families to reduce underage drinking. It also aims to help end the stigma surrounding getting help with substance use disorders.
The NC ABC Commission launched Talk It Out NC in 2014. The multimedia campaign raises awareness about underage drinking prevention by arming parents with research, conversation talking points and fact sheets to help them recognize the problem. It also serves as a resource to help North Carolina families find alcohol treatment and recovery centers for struggling teens.
Click here to learn more about National Recovery Month and NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.