The White House
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
August 27, 2008
abuse is an unrelenting evil that destroys lives, ruins families,
and endangers neighborhoods. During National
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, we emphasize our
commitment to alcohol and drug addiction prevention. This
month is also an opportunity to recognize those who have
had the courage to combat and overcome addiction.
Alcohol and drug abuse require an aggressive response. My
Administration will continue to help educate our children through
the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. This Campaign
urges parents and adults to safeguard our young people from
the abuse of prescription drugs, focuses on random drug-testing
in schools and in the workplace, and creates drug – free community
coalitions. First Lady Laura Bush leads the Helping America’s
Youth initiative, which assists our youth in making healthy
life choices through the participation of caring adults in
their lives. The dedicated efforts of families, teachers, law
enforcement, faith – based groups, and community activists
are all important.
We are also working to reduce the supply of illegal drugs
coming into our country and fighting demand here at home. In
order to disrupt the market for illegal drugs, the National
Drug Control Strategy report has coordinated law enforcement
efforts throughout our Nation to help dismantle channels of
distribution, and we are also working with foreign governments
to eradicate the trafficking of illegal drugs.
Too many of our citizens have been swept up in a cycle of
addiction. Through faith-based and community groups, we have
revolutionized the way we help people break the chains of addiction.
The Access to Recovery program provides addicts with vouchers
so that they can attend the treatment center of their choice.
Our Nation’s armies of compassion have helped nearly 200,000
clients rediscover their dignity and purpose through this program.
During National Alcohol and Drug Addiction
Recovery Month and throughout the year, we underscore the
worthy mission of
confronting substance abuse. This year’s theme, "Join
the Voices of Recovery: Real People, Real Recovery," highlights
the importance of providing hope and love to those who are
trying to overcome drug and alcohol addiction and rebuild their
lives. For more information on how to help fellow citizens
and continue building a stronger community, visit recoverymonth.gov.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United
States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me
by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby
proclaim September 2008 as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction
Recovery Month. I call upon the people of the United States
to observe this month with the appropriate programs, ceremonies,
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh
day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight,
and of the Independence of the United States of America the
two hundred and thirty-third.
GEORGE W. BUSH