ARAD 2017

Join us at the Capitol Building for

Addiction Recovery Awareness Day


        January 12th, 2017

Addiction is a preventable, treatable chronic health condition from which people do recover! Over 23 million Americans, including thousands of Georgians, are in long-term recovery. We are spreading hope because RECOVERY IS REAL!

Show Your Support for Recovery in Action!

The Addiction Recovery Coalition of Georgia

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia

Georgia Addiction Counselors Association

Georgia Association of Community Service Boards

Georgia Association of Recovery Residences

Georgia Council on Substance Abuse

Georgia Overdose Prevention

Penfield Christian Homes, Inc.

Stand, Inc.

Invite you to attend…

ARAD 2017

Schedule of Events:

10:45 a.m.- 11:45 a.m. Central Presbyterian Church

*First Lunch

Recovery Messaging Training Group 1

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Central Presbyterian Church

*Second Lunch

Recovery Messaging Training Group 2

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration- Meet in the Capitol Rotunda and visit your Legislators to deliver a positive Recovery Message


Addarad_capitol_medonlineiction is one of the most costly public health and public safety threats facing society today. The impact on individuals, families and communities can be devastating

  • Over 23 million Americans, including thousands of Georgians, suffer from addiction to alcohol and other drugs
  • 40 million more struggle with less severe substance use disorders
  • Approximately 129 people die each day in the United States of a drug overdose
  • Americans comprise 4.6% of the population and account for 80% of global opioid consumption
  • In Georgia, the estimated burden of substance use annually is approximately $2.5 billion in state fund
  • For every $1 invested in substance use disorder treatment, taxpayers save $7.46 in costs to society
  • The dramatic improvements associated with recovery affected all areas of life INCLUDING a ten-fold decrease in involvement in the criminal justice system

Quick Facts:

  • Over 50% of fatally injured drivers ages 16-25 tested positive for alcohol or marijuana
  • Among youth receiving substance abuse treatment, marijuana accounts for the largest percentage of admissions: 74% among those 12–14, and 76% among those 15–17
  • In 2014, 37.4% of High School Seniors reported drinking alcohol within the past month
  • Research shows that children in grades 7 through 12 who learn about the dangers of drug use from their parents are up to 50% less likely to ever abuse substances
  • There were just over 2.8 million new users of illicit drugs in 2013, or about 7,800 new users per day. Over half (54.1 percent) were under 18 years of age.
  • More than half of new illicit drug users begin with marijuana.