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Addiction Stories of Hope

Deciding to enter a drug rehab center for addiction treatment too often is a last ditch effort.  It is like trying to treat a heart-attack at home before heading to the emergency room for professional care. Chances are that person is not going to make it.  Self-help processes aimed at overcoming addiction is almost as tenuous.  Because addiction drives compulsive use of potentially lethal substances, an individual can experience a fatal overdose at any drug use event. More and more people are recognizing that addiction is a brain disease for which appropriate treatment is available.This realization is also increasing the number of people that are seeking help at the onset of addiction. When early treatment becomes the primary recovery strategy more addiction stories of hope will emerge. But even when you wait until you are at the end of your rope like Nicole, it is possible to escape the trap of addiction and find hope for a normal life again.    

Nicole’s story centers around her addiction treatment experience.  Like most addicts, Nicole hesitated to get help until she felt utterly hopeless and broken before she reached out for her.  When she said, “I knew I could not do it alone,” this was the turning point she needed to solidify the decision to enter a treatment facility. Once she had set the process in motion, she was surprised by the relief she felt after talking to the treatment staff and making arrangements to receive drug intervention for her addiction. According to Nicole, they took care of everything for her, all she had to do was show up at the airport. Many people’s lives have been restored by making a simple decision to seek treatment for addiction.

One of the greatest success stories is legendary musical artist David Bowie whose lifestyle was steeped in drugs during the height of his career. In an effort to help others escape the nightmare of addiction that he experienced, Bowie has told his story many times since he recovered from years of cocaine abuse.  Bowie was able to sustain his sobriety for the rest of his life. He warned many young people about the danger of drug abuse and the memory loss among other things that he suffered as a result of not seeking help sooner than he did.   

As one recovering addict stated, everyone that has been touched by addiction must find their own path to recovery.  There are various recovery tools and options for treatment.  Those who seek treatment at the onset of an addiction will naturally require less intervention.  Long term residential treatment is usually recommended for those that have been battling addiction for years and have been experiencing the physical and psychological consequences of prolonged drug abuse.   Effective treatment for addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse Medications recognizes that:

  • There is no one treatment that is appropriate for all individuals.  
  • Intervention processes must go beyond the symptoms of addiction to address the multiple needs of the individual.
  • Every patient needs to be carefully assessed and a treatment plan customized or modified to meet the patient’s evolving needs.
  • Sufficient time must be allocated to realize the benefits of the treatment program.
  • Treatment should be comprehensive which mean the treatment model should comprise all critical components such as counseling, pharmacology, behavioral therapies and relapse prevention among others.  
  • Dual diagnosis treatment should be provided simultaneously to address underlying mental disorders that can impede long term sobriety.  
  • In some cases, multiple episodes of treatment may be necessary to achieve full recovery.
  • Aftercare is an integral component of the recovery process.

Whether you recognize it early or late in the game, treatment is always an integral part of any successful addiction recovery story.  

To read more about Nicole’s and other addicts stories visit us here.

Sources:

  • http://seabrookhouse.org/blog/drug-rehab-success-story-david-bowie/
  • https://supportrecoverytrainings.wordpress.com/education/nida-treatment-approaches-for-drug-addiction/

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