Sup­port ad­dic­tion treat­ment

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Cyril Scovens, Bal­ti­more

My name is Cyril Scovens and I have been in re­cov­ery from ac­tive ad­dic­tion for 20 years. I want to let our politi­cians know that we vote for the causes that res­onate with us. I need them to sign the Com­pre­hen­sive Ad­dic­tion Re­cov­ery act (CARA) that is be­fore Congress right now and hope they’ll visit Fac­ingAd­dic­ to see what is hap­pen­ing to help solve our na­tional health cri­sis (“For some dru­gad­dicted Mary­land youths, treat­ment is the way to a new life,” Oct. 23).

I want ad­dic­tion treat­ment to be placed on the same level as men­tal health. I have be­come a mem­ber of Faces and Voices in Re­cov­ery to re­move the stigma of ad­dic­tion from the mind­set of peo­ple all over the world. I have voted in ev­ery elec­tion for two decades, but I voted alone. Now I cast my vote with the 20 mil­lion other peo­ple in long-term re­cov­ery. We speak for our brothers and sis­ters that are still in ac­tive ad­dic­tion who can­not speak for them­selves. Pass the CARA bill so that th­ese peo­ple can get ad­dic­tion treat­ment.

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