Forum set to address substance abuse

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 7, 2006

There are approximately 27,000 people in Alabama currently seeking help with ridding themselves of chemical dependencies.

In Dallas, Perry and Wilcox counties, the number is more than 500, according to information provided by Cahaba Cares.

For those who have a substance abuse problem, or have a loved one with such a problem, life can be a rough road.

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There’s often not a lot of help available, particularly in rural areas of our state, and often times there is a stigma attached to substance abuse.

A public forum has been set to address that stigma

and outline how and where to get help for residents of Dallas, Perry and Wilcox counties.

Cahaba Cares will host the forum, scheduled for Sept. 18, at 4 p.m at the Selma-Dallas Public Library.

It is part of the annual observance of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

Those who are struggling with substance abuse issues, or family members of someone who needs help are particularly encouraged to attend the forum.

Discussion on how to address stigma and discrimination when approaching treatment and recovery will be the main focus of the public forum, organizers said.

The public is invited to take part in the forum. For more information, or to get help breaking an addiction call 874-2600. All calls are confidential.