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Stories of Recovery From Addiction

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:

  1. A diagnostic evaluation. This is structured clinical assessment conducted by a group of health professionals to determine the current physical and psychological status of the patient in order to develop a tailored treatment program.  In cases where an underlying mental disorder is co-occurring with the addiction, these primary conditions must be treated simultaneously through a processed referred to as “dual diagnosis” treatment.   
  2. Pharmacological Interventions.  Conventional recovery methods integrate medications such as Methadone, Suboxone (buprenorphine and naltrexone) help to alleviate severity of withdrawal symptoms, minimize cravings, prevent the intense high produced by drugs and lower recidivism rates.  
  3. Behavioral Therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management are some of the most widely used treatment model for addiction recovery.  According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) it is a focused approach along with other forms of behavioral programs help to motivate people in addiction to engage fully in their recovery process.  As such, it provides targeted strategies for coping with drug cravings, avoiding drug use, preventing relapse events as well as coping mechanism to deal with a relapse if it does occur. Incorporated in this treatment model are also remedial processes that improve communication, relationship and parenting skills.
  4. Individual, group and family therapy are also important components of addiction treatment that is especially helpful in improving family and relationship dynamics.
  5. Nursing care for people with medical complications or pain management needs.
  6. Relapse prevention education and training designed to provide greater understanding of the cycles of addiction, relapse triggers and steps to prevent, intercept or recover from a relapse.

 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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