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The program will promote awareness regarding the adversities of substance use disorder (SUD) and inform the residents about the community resources designed to help those suffering from addiction.
FREMONT, CA: Addiction is a complex ailment which can lead to adverse psychological, physiological, and personal effects. To promote prevention and alleviation, Inova marked the Addiction Awareness Month by launching a campaign in North Virginia to provide awareness, combat the stigma around addiction, and offer informational resources for people suffering from substance use disorder (SUD).
The campaign, Act on Addiction, is very much needed in this time and age, with over 20 million adults in the U.S. suffering from addiction. A recent survey conducted in the state revealed that over 65 percent of adults, including 70 percent of the millennials, know someone suffering from addiction.
Despite the widespread adversity of addiction, most people are uninformed when it comes to helping those in need of treatment and support. However, the Act of Addiction program aims to change that by advancing education and awareness among the residents of North Virginia, including those suffering from addiction, their family and friends, and also the community members.
Michael R. Clark, MD, MPH, MBA, Chair of Psychiatry at Inova, said, "We have seen firsthand the toll of addiction, not only on patients but also on the family and friends who stand beside them. The continued prevalence of substance use disorder means it is crucial to spread the word of the dangers of addiction, as well as the local resources available to treat it. Through our Act on Addiction campaign and a generous gift from the Hitt family, it is our hope that we can equip individuals suffering from addiction and their caregivers with the necessary tools to fight substance use disorder."
The mission of Inova is to facilitate world-class healthcare to every person regardless of their community. Since its inception in the year 1956 as the Fairfax Hospital Association, Inova has grown into a robust healthcare provider offering a complete range of health services, including a Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Brett Hitt, co-chairman of HITT Construction, said, "The Act on Addiction campaign is a program that is near to our hearts. While these statistics are startling, each number represents the life of an individual, a friend, a family, and a neighbor in our community. We are honored to play a role in supporting the Inova Health Foundation in this mission to raise awareness about the dangers of addiction."
Inova is an established nonprofit healthcare provider in North Virginia, employing thousands of members to serve over 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of primary and specialty care practices, hospitals, emergency care centers, outpatient services, and destination institutes such as the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, Inova Schar Cancer Institute, and Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute.
Among the five hospitals of Inova, four have received five-star rankings from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, and are the only hospitals to have earned the highest ranking from a federal agency in Washington, DC. As per the U.S. News & World Report 2019-20 Best Hospitals, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus (IFMC) was named the #1 hospital in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area for the fifth time.
The Act on Addiction campaign will convene the community members of the Act on Addiction Summit: Bridging the Gap for Young Adults to bolster the conversation around SUD. The program will comprise informative breakout sessions designed to inform the attendees regarding the community resources available in the area. The summit is going to be held in coordination with the Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference hosted by the Fairfax County Public School System.