November 30, 2023

ABOVE PHOTO: STATE SEN. ART HAYWOOD (D-4th Dist.) speaks to the viewers as DDAP Secretary Dr. Latika Davis-Jones and U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-4th Dist.) look on. ( Photograph/DDAP) 

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Division of Drug and Alcohol Packages (DDAP) Secretary Dr. Latika Davis-Jones, Congresswoman Madeleine Dean ( D- 4th Dist.) and her son Harry Cunnane, who’s in restoration from substance use dysfunction (SUD), joined these in restoration, advocacy organizations, elected officers, and others Monday night to spotlight the significance of equitable and accessible helps for all people in restoration and to rejoice Nationwide Restoration Month throughout Pennsylvania.  

“Individuals can and do get well from the persistent sickness of dependancy,” Davis-Jones stated. “This month is a time to rejoice the present of restoration and to remind individuals in restoration, and those that help them, that nobody is alone of their journey. I need to thank Congresswoman Dean and her son Harry for sharing their story as a reminder that we should proceed the work of eliminating stigma, making restoration helps extra equitable and clearing a path for somebody to take that first step on their highway to restoration.”

HARRY CUNNANE speaks to the viewers about his restoration journey as his mom appears to be like on. (Photograph/DDAP)

Dean and her son, who’s celebrating his tenth yr in restoration, spoke candidly about their household’s expertise with SUD to interrupt the stigma surrounding the illness and unfold consciousness that restoration is feasible with the fitting remedy and help. They mentioned their perspective from the person expertise by way of Cunnane’s restoration journey, which is a spotlight of a e book they wrote titled “Below our Roof: A Son’s Battle for Restoration, a Mom’s Battle for Her Son.”

Haywood, who represents Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, joined the occasion and shared perception because the Democratic Chair of the Senate Well being and Human Providers Committee.

“To fight this disaster, we have to make use of cures which have been confirmed to be efficient: prevention, remedy, and analysis,” Haywood stated. “We should take away the stigma across the illness of dependancy and affirm each particular person’s intrinsic dignity — irrespective of their struggles. Once we maintain onto hope and affirm the dignity of everybody, we will flip the web page on the illness of dependancy, the opioid disaster, and substance use, and start to work in the direction of restoration and restoration.”

The Shapiro Administration is inserting a heavy deal with empowering sustained restoration and increasing entry to equitable remedy companies by:

• Awarding $4 million in grant funding for the institution of regional restoration hubs to reinforce sources for people in restoration and promote restoration inside communities throughout Pennsylvania

• Awarding greater than $6 million in grant funding for 19 organizations to determine or broaden SUD companies, neighborhood outreach and schooling to underrepresented communities of colour

• Awarding almost $9 million in grant funding to 4 Single County Authorities (SCA) to determine or broaden disaster stabilization companies for people with co-occurring psychological well being and SUDs 

• Licensing almost 300 restoration homes throughout the Commonwealth

People on the lookout for SUD remedy choices or sources for themselves, or a liked one can name DDAP’s Get Assist Now Hotline at” 1-800-662-HELP (4357). This helpline is free and confidential and obtainable 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, one year a yr.

Nationwide Restoration Month is an annual recognition that’s noticed all through the month of September to spotlight the positive aspects made within the lives of people residing in restoration from SUD and present that every single day, individuals can and do get well. 

The 2023 Nationwide Restoration Month theme is “Restoration is For Everybody: Each Individual, Each Household, Each Group.”