Guest Opinion: With help and support, recovery is never out of reach

September 30, 2015
by Dr. Dennis J. Woody, Ph.D. is the clinical director for Optum Idaho
Idaho Statesman

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that about 62,000 adults in Idaho experience a serious mental illness each year. More than 255,000 Idaho adults experience some kind of mental illness annually, but less than half of those individuals (45.8 percent) receive mental health treatment or counseling to help address their condition. The Trust for America’s Health cites the number of drug overdose deaths in Idaho as having doubled since 1999, with the majority of these deaths resulting from prescription drug use.

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