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Each recovery story is different but has the same goal – to take control

For National Recovery Month in September, we're talking about addiction recovery. Watch "Take Control: Stories of Recovery" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on 9NEWS.

Eddie Randle, Joshua Aldredge

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165 million  – according to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics (NCDAS), that's the number of Americans 12 years or older who currently abuse substances.

By "currently," NCDAS means those people who have used within the past 30 days, and the substances include everything from alcohol to tobacco to illegal drugs. The center also found substance abuse disorders affect more than 20 million Americans 12 and older.

Taking control is difficult.

September is National Recovery Month, and Mile High Mornings is sharing the stories of those who admitted to having a problem and sought the help they needed to change their lives.

Among them are Coloradans who are only a few years into their recovery journey and those who are nearly three decades sober.

Every day on Mile High Mornings, we'll share a new recovery story that you can read and watch later in this story. On Saturday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m., watch "Taking Control: Stories of Recovery," a 30 minute special on 9News.