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Alaska Celebrating Sobriety Awareness Month

iknowmine staff - Thursday, March 28, 2019


Last year, the Alaska Legislature unanimously passed Senate Bill 208, designating March as Alaska's Sobriety Awareness Month. The month of March is now an opportunity to celebrate Alaskans living in recovery and to encourage others to recognize those making healthy lifestyle choices.

Kicked off more than two decades ago as the Alaska Native Sobriety Movement at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, more and more Alaskans are celebrating sobriety and trying to break down any stigma that might surround those who are in recovery and those who don't choose to use drugs or alcohol at all. Learn more about the history that brought us to this celebration.

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is encouraging all Alaskans who lead, believe in, or support a life of sobriety to wear a white ribbon so that they may be recognized and celebrated during Sobriety Awareness Month.

The path to recovery is one of the most difficult journeys in life. Numerous resources are available that can help make the path easier. Call 2-1-1 to find treatment options, prescription-assistance services and local resources that offer free and confidential help with substance use disorder, support and rehabilitation. Information is also available online at alaska211.org.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be misusing prescription opioids or alcohol, help is available. Contact ANTHC's Substance Abuse and Prevention Program at (907) 729-3547 or email behavioralhealth@anthc.org.