Drug use disorders cost American businesses approximately $128.6 billion in lost productivity each year. Alcohol dependence alone is estimated to cause 500 million lost workdays annually. However, when workers receive treatment for their substance abuse disorders, these job problems are reduced by 75 percent. These facts and others regarding the cost of substance abuse will be highlighted during Recovery Day 2007 on Friday, Sept. 28.

The Office for Addictive Disorders (OAD) in Northwest Louisiana is hosting this event, along with other substance abuse and behavioral health providers in the area. This event, which will be held at Hamilton/South Caddo Branch of Shreve Memorial Library, will provide valuable information to the public regarding Northwest Louisiana community investment in treatment and treatment barriers.

WHAT: Recovery Day 2007

WHEN: September 28, 2007, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hamilton/South Caddo Branch of Shreve Memorial Library, 2111 Bert Kouns, Shreveport, La.

Recovery Day underscores the value of investing in treatment, which can help people regain their lives and help their communities prosper. Some studies show that treatment costing an average of $1,583 per person can save nearly $11,487 per person in the form of workplace productivity, medical costs and incarceration costs.

This event is part of a national initiative known as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month), which is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 The Recovery Month theme for 2007 is "Join the Voices for Recovery: Saving Lives, Saving Dollars." This year marks the 18th annual observance of Recovery Month, which celebrates people and their families in recovery from substance use disorders and promotes the need for better awareness and financial access to treatment services.