National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) is an annual week-long health observance on March 20-26 that inspires dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth. This week is an opportunity to bring together scientists, students, educators, healthcare providers, and community partners so that we can improve the prevention and awareness of substance misuse in our own communities and nationwide.
Only 9% of the 21 million Americans with drug or alcohol addiction challenges are receiving treatment. S:US is breaking down barriers and opening new doors. S:US has over 40 years of experience providing recovery and treatment services in New York City. The people we serve are often the hardest to reach as they are homeless or formerly homeless, have unmet or unaddressed behavioral health challenges, and have unmet needs including social determinants of health like food, transportation, and employment. Our programs serve primarily BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color). Approximately 11% of the individuals we serve identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer.
We take a harm reduction philosophy to substance misuse. Using a person-first approach, we acknowledge that substance use exists and that meeting someone where they are is the best way to help them get better. With the right set of supports and by working together, people can recover, lead productive lives and move past their challenges.
We’re grateful to our Behavioral Health Services team for supporting New Yorkers on their path to recovery.