Nothing resonates more with those suffering the consequences of addiction than true stories that parallel what they are going through. In addition to providing hope and encouragement, personal stories of drug addiction can help other substance abusers to step out of denial and face the reality of their situation. When these experiences are shared by former addicts that have been able to resume normal lives after years of uncontrollable drug use, people still steeped in addiction often say they are inspired to move beyond the stigma of the disease and focus on recovery.
Griffin, like many other chronic drug users, struggled with being defined as a drug addict. However, the treatment process helped him to identify his true character while accepting and loving himself despite his drug problem. “With recovery, the words that really define me are honest, humble, unique, aware, proud and love” he said in his personal drug addiction story. Eventually, Griffin was able to acknowledge his addiction with the recognition that it was really just a small part of his life experience.
The drug epidemic has forced society to face the problem of addiction head on. Recounting of personal drug addiction stories by presidential hopefuls has also helped to remove the veil of secrecy and shame that have tenaciously clung to drug use in the past. In fact, the problem of drugs has so impacted life in America that it has become a central issue for candidates like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton. After sharing their own personal experience with addiction, they also promised to enact changes to counter drug related fatalities and support recovery through some of the following initiatives:
The fact that is made clear in every drug abuse story, is that addiction is a life changing experience that greatly impact the person in addiction, their families, the communities in which they live and society as a whole. In addition, the cost of addiction to the nation exceeds $700 billion annually in lost wages, health care services and law enforcement. Treatment for addiction remains the most effective mechanism to reduce drug related criminal activities and restore lives that are being destroyed daily by rampant substance abuse.
Historically, a comprehensive therapeutic approach to recovery facilitated by long term residential care has proven to be the most beneficial in helping addicts to achieve full recovery and sustainable sobriety. Today, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most treatment centers take a holistic approach to recovery by treating the person, not just the addiction. This means addressing any co-occurring issues such as psychiatric disorders and chronic pain management issues. The drug treatment process has also evolved over the years and continues to do so as technological breakthroughs facilitate more in-depth study of the impact of chemical abuse on neurological functions that drive compulsive patterns of behavior. As such drug treatment must provide a safe environment in which to comfortably halt regular drug use, be long enough to begin the restoration of neurological functions impaired by addiction. It must also simultaneously treat any mental disorders revealed through diagnostic testing and provide relapse prevention education and training to support and enable long term sobriety. Ultimately, the goal of every treatment program is to help the person in addiction to stop using drugs, maintain long term sobriety and be a productive member of society.
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