Many people fail to realize or understand that substance abuse is a disease. It becomes a lifelong battle and it is almost impossible to win the battle alone. Over 22 million Americans are afflicted with substance abuse disorder. There are over 370 overdose-related deaths each and every day just in the United States alone.
These are not statistics. These are the sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters of everyone around us. This disease doesn’t discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, economic standing, or where you live. It affects everyone and has been steadily consuming an entire generation at an alarming rate over the past decade. Silence is the insidious ally of addiction. We all must break the silence, recognize the disease for what is, end the stigma, and support those affected, so that they can return home to us, back from the abyss.
As a nation, we’ve been slow to respond to this public health crisis. It reached near epidemic proportions before it took public notice. We now have a lot of work to do to stem the tide. Considering the amount of people affected, the number of treatment and recovery programs that are available to deal with this population is woefully inadequate.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, the goal and mission of the CCB Foundation is to provide financial support to quality, success-based, small non-profit treatment and recovery centers and to foster the development of new centers so that anyone seeking treatment and life-long recovery is not denied due to the lack of available space and help.