People who share their stories of recovery from addiction inspire hope and encouragement. While there are always subtle differences in everyone’s experience, the commonalities in these stories often make them relatable for those who are still trapped in the drug abuse lifestyle. As each individual recount what happened to them and how they survived the horrific consequences of addiction, it usually create a spark of courage and the belief that recovery may also be possible for them.
According to James, who says his life as an addict was all about lying, stealing, cheating, hurting others and abusing drugs, he tells his addiction recovery story in the hope that it will prevent someone from going down the same dark path. “You can learn from my experience; don’t be afraid to ask for help” he said. No matter which form of addiction you find yourself trapped in, it is almost always a physically and psychologically debilitating experience.
The concept of addiction, however, has been undergoing a radical shift from a treatment perspective. Addiction treatment was traditionally based on the 12-step model for recovery. More recently, however, treatment interventions have been revolutionized by outcomes from extensive research aided by advancements in technology. As such, drug rehabilitation is now a highly customized comprehensive continuum of care that by necessity, should encompass a series of evidence-based remedial interventions and occur long enough to restore neurological functions that have been impaired by chronic drug use. The treatment process typically includes:
The goal of treatment as well as the stories of overcoming addiction according to the NIDA scientists, is to restore stability and return people to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and society as a whole. Ultimately, the primary objective of rehabilitation from addiction is to stop the progressive negative effects of habituated drug use and be able to maintain long term sobriety.
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