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NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Office of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Kelly Sobel
Thursday, September 12, 2002
(212) 788-5290
(877) 640-1347

NYC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE
TO HOST FORUM ON PREVENTING ALCOHOL AND
DRUG ABUSE RELAPSE AFTER SEPTEMBER 11

September Is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today announced it will host a forum on September 24 examining alcohol and drug abuse relapse prevention in New York City after September 11, 2001. The forum is part of the City's observance of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, commemorated each September with events to promote the importance and effectiveness of substance abuse treatment and recovery.

DOHMH Deputy Commissioner for Health Promotion and Chemical Dependency Martha Sullivan, DSW said, "Addiction is a disease and a major health problem that affects us all. But similar to diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic illnesses, it is also treatable. We know that treatment is highly effective in reclaiming lives ravaged by alcoholism and drug abuse and addiction. Our forum will focus on bringing the benefits of treatment and relapse prevention to those who may be particularly vulnerable as they recover from the events of 9/11."

"Post-9/11 and Alcohol and Substance Abuse Intervention Strategies," will be held on Tuesday, September 24 from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. at 125 Worth Street, in the 2nd. Floor Auditorium. Speakers will include Dr. John McCann from the COPE Foundation; Kevin Bulger, CSW, Director, Mayor's Office of Labor Relations; Dr. Lala Ashenberg Straussner, Professor, NYU Ehrenkranz School of Social Work; Luis Torres, Director, Behavioral Health, Cicatelli Associates; the discussion will be moderated by John Coppola, MSW, Director, New York State Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers. They will discuss how the events of last fall affected alcohol and drug abuse trends in the City, outline effective relapse prevention approaches, and discuss the needs of special populations such as uniformed service workers.

The forum is one of hundreds of events being held nationwide to mark the 13th annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, sponsored by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This year's theme, "Join the Voices of Recovery: A Call to Action," is intended to focus attention on the need for expanded treatment services for the estimated 14.5 million Americans who have a substance abuse problem. For more information about National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month activities nationwide, visit the SAMSHA Web site at http://www.samhsa.gov/index.aspx.

For more information about the forum, the public can call the DOHMH Bureau of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services at 212-219-5380.

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