Whether it is an addiction to cocaine, meth, heroin, bath salts or prescription medication, there is hope for recovery. Although some addiction stories of recovery occur without professional medical intervention, due to the nature of the disease, sustainable sobriety under these conditions are usually rare. An important lesson communicated during the rehab process is that recovery is not just about halting substance abuse or getting past painful withdrawal symptoms.
As recovering addict Alycia noted in here addiction recovery story: “Recovery to me is an ongoing process, not an endpoint.” With drug addiction reaching epidemic proportions in the last two decades and taking lives at alarming rates across the country, identifying feasible solutions has become paramount. This has also resulted in expanding research parameters relevant to the genetic, environmental and gender specific effects of drugs and alcohol. Improvements in existing conventional remedies, validation of long standing holistic remedies and implementation of technologically advanced support programs have led to more comprehensive treatment interventions.
In addition, the need for accurate diagnosis of each patient seeking treatment to determine both their physical and psychological status has also facilitated the critical incorporation of simultaneous care for comorbid conditions also referred to as dual diagnosis treatment. These enhanced treatment models paired with greater public awareness about the dangers of substance abuse through television and other targeted programs have increased the number of people with successful rather than tragic addiction recovery stories.
In fact, according to a new survey conducted by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), at least 23.5 million adults in America today have reportedly been rehabilitated from a drug or alcohol use disorder. This survey data flags an important benchmark relative to millions of lives being saved, improved and restored. According to Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, it represents a beacon of hope for those still struggling with drugs and alcohol that addiction is a treatable disease and recovery can be a reality.
Former Deputy Director from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Thomas McLellan, PhD also noted that this study highlights the need for the development of a “science of recovery” that will establish a clear definition of what being in recovery actually means. Pat Taylor Taylor, the Executive Director of Faces and Voices of Recovery point out; there are people all across the country enjoying long term recovery from addiction. These individuals are not only living healthy and productive lives they are also making positive contributions to themselves, their families and communities. In her story titled “I will not let my past define me” Alycia stated that she was very grateful to be alive to able to help others who still suffer with addiction and for the life she is able to live today. She also observed that recovery stories are bearers of hope that enable people to believe in their own ability to have a life worth living despite their substance use disorder.
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