Potential was a sponsor of an important event last week. The annual America Honors Recovery gala and awards ceremony is the world of substance abuse treatment’s annual celebration of those making a real impact in their communities. This year’s awards ceremony bestowed honors on doctors and treatment professionals making a real impact in local communities affected by substance abuse issues.
The ceremony, as always, comes with a bittersweet feeling that we and those who fund us could be doing more. With addictions to prescription pain medicine and heroin on the rise in communities nationwide it can feel as though the addiction treatment professionals are fighting a battle they are doomed to lose. Luckily among politicians attitudes are beginning to mature and change.
Last week the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed a law that would expand access to addiction treatment for New Yorkers. It was in response to the increasing scourge that is opiate addiction throughout the state but especially in Staten Island, Buffalo, and a variety of smaller communities throughout the upper part of the state. In weeks prior states like Virginia and even the White House have held hearings and summits to discuss increasing need for access to opiate rehab.