End the Silence with the Hashtag #NotWhoIUsed2B
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 2016 marks the 29th Annual Alcohol Awareness Month, and Vertava Health is joining the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee to end the stigma and silence associated with alcoholism.
“People are dying and living their lives in fear because they feel dirty and ashamed,” says CEO Brent Clements. “You cannot truly heal from something until you forgive yourself. It’s a vicious cycle. We want people to know that they suffer from a completely treatable disease, and there is life after the bottle.”
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 88,000 people die every year from alcohol-related causes in the United States. There are 23 million Americans in recovery, and those battling this illness are not alone. Vertava Health treatment specialists will be working extra hours during the month of April, providing assessments and treatment placement around the clock.
“We are well into Spring Break season, and with those festivities comes a spike in opportunities for teens and young adults to drink,” says PAT Director Leah Festa. “We want the people of Tennessee to know not only is it socially acceptable to abstain, but there’s also a place to go for help if they can’t.”
Both organizations want your viewers, listeners and readers to know that help is a phone call away. Vertava Health doesn’t turn anyone away because of a lack of funds or insurance. If we can’t help you, we will find someone who can. It is our hope that no other person has to die because they don’t have the financial means to get help.
It is never too late to start your new life. That’s why we’re encouraging both those in recovery and those showing their support to post their pic on social media using the hashtag #NotWhoIUsed2B to let people know how far they’ve come.
Custom PSAs for your station or publication are available upon request. Any media outlets who wish to join in this fight with us by airing or posting will be listed as a partner on the Vertava Health website, and they will be acknowledged on social media by both organizations. Thank you for your involvement in spreading hope and healing into the lives of the people of Tennessee.
If you would like to donate to the nonprofit Spring to Life Scholarship Fund, which provides funds for those in need of immediate treatment who don’t have the financial means, you can send your tax deductible donation to:
Spring to Life
℅ Lee Whitfield
5211 Maryland Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Director of Public Relations
5211 Maryland Way #1080 | Brentwood, TN 37027
E: [email protected] P: 901.949.7926
Leah Festa, MPA, CPS II
Director, Prevention Alliance of Tennessee
701 Bradford Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204
ABOUT ADDICTION CAMPUSES:
Vertava Health provides the most comprehensive addiction treatment program in the country by going beyond the standard 30 day plan and treating persons struggling with addiction mentally and spiritually to break the cycle of repeated visits to treatment. Utilizing our addiction campus environment we have the depth of caring staff, industry experience and clinical proficiency to effectively treat the disease of addiction for life. Vertava Health’ admissions center is trained to assess and place the client into one of the Vertava Health treatment centers across the country within a 1 hour time frame. This speed in service delivery and thorough commitment to the client long term allows the person struggling with addiction to get quickly on the road to recovery and create a life that’s worth living.
ABOUT PREVENTION ALLIANCE OF TENNESSEE:
The Prevention Alliance of Tennessee (PAT) is an alliance of coalitions across Tennessee who have come together to join forces on substance abuse prevention. The mission of PAT is to inform and advocate for alcohol safety, substance abuse prevention, and public health policy concerns to Tennesseans. The PAT promotes policies and environmental change that facilitates substance abuse prevention across the state. We work to enhance the coordination and effectiveness of anti-drug coalitions across Tennessee, and to reduce substance use related consequences. By joining together, we intend to strengthen capacity and infrastructure in support of substance abuse prevention in Tennessee; leverage resources by redirecting and realigning funding streams for substance abuse prevention; inform and advocate for alcohol safety, substance abuse prevention and public health policy concerns to Tennesseans and lawmakers; Coordinate the implementation of substance abuse prevention environmental strategies.