I CELEBRATE RECOVERY !
Dear Governor Pataki...
As a resident of New York State as well as a recovering person and/or
family member, I would like to thank you for your Proclamation of September as National
Addiction Recovery Month.
As you know, alcoholism and drug dependency are the number one public
health problem in America. Together they cost Americans over $276 billion in health and
welfare costs, law enforcement and criminal justice costs, and in costs to business and
industry. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans find themselves in hospitals,
prisons, in mental institutions or in divorce court due to addiction. The toll upon our
children is both devastating and long lasting.
As a person in recovery, I also
support the following:
We have the right to access
treatment equal to all other medical and mental illnesses, and to humane treatment
including treatment on demand and access to appropriate levels of
care and lengths of stay.
We have the right to live, work
and play in an environment free from stigma and prejudice,
and one which affords equal opportunities consistent with dignity
and respect accorded to all.
We have the right and
responsibility to have an active voice in our government, to express
our opinions within our political and social systems, and to be
heard and taken seriously equal
with all citizens.
Finally, as a recovering person we
have the right - and the responsibility - to assist others in
their struggles to overcome a disease which is destroying
them - and we invite our New York
State government to assist us with this ethical and moral
Again, I thank you and look forward to working with New York State to
improve the quality of life for all citizens - both those in recovery and those who are
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