“Addiction Recovery Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol has become an exciting demonstration of hope.” – Neil Kaltenecker, Georgia Council on Substance Abuse
On a cold January morning, hundreds of Georgians who are in recovery, along with their families and allies, turned out to remind policy-makers that the answer to the public health crisis of addiction is support for long-term recovery.
And support for recovery makes economic sense. According to the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, Georgia leads the nation in the ratio of adults under some kind of correction supervision (1 out of every 13). The link between addiction and crime is well established, but what may be less well-known is that recovery produces a ten-fold decrease in involvement with the criminal justice system. It also helps avoid costly emergency room care. At the same time, an individual in recovery is 50% more likely to participate in family activities and to pay taxes. – Source: Georgia Council on Substance Abuse