Lost among the headlines of opioid addiction and overdose deaths are the many quiet stories of recovery. An estimated 22 million Americans — that includes the three of us — are in recovery from opioid and other addictions. We say “estimated” because states and the federal government don’t track recovery like they track addiction rates or overdoses.
I am the lead researcher of an ethics-approved study investigating the practice of making video games to support addiction recovery. We hope that our work will help fight the stigma of opioid addiction and give support to those struggling.
Since most people do relapse at least once, moving away from the idea that only continuous abstinence matters—not quality of life, not the ability to maintain relationships and contribute to society—would likely be healthier for everyone.
Americans often see the more destructive side of addiction, drug crime, people slumped in doorways and family members who are spiraling downward. Less visible are the people who survive the illness and rebuild their lives.
We sat down to hear from four courageous people: all who have been caught in the grips of addiction and all who continue to live in recovery, helping and inspiring others along the way.
Understanding the five stages of addiction recovery can be useful for addicted people and their family members. Each stage clearly describes the process of recognizing and admitting the problem, preparing for addiction treatment, and dealing with life after treatment of alcohol and drug abuse. It’s an integrated theory that’s compatible with most evidence-based and holistic treatments, like the 12-step program and behavior therapy.
The idealised result for people with mental illnesses is to rapidly return to their ‘normal’ level of functioning. This isn’t always possible.
There’s no question that many people relapse after an addiction recovery attempt. But most people make multiple attempts. Just as with changing any heavily ingrained habit, like smoking or unhealthy eating, many people don’t succeed on their first try. But many eventually get there with successive tries.
Our mission is to offer a safe, non-triggering, recovery-focused resource for anyone who has struggled with addiction or has helped someone who struggled. We aim to provide articles that help bring awareness to addiction as a disease and honor the recovery process through insightful and motivating topics.
Addiction undermines health and safety, sometimes with fatal consequences. It damages families, friendships and livelihoods. At the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, researchers work at the intersection of behavioral study and neuroscience to target the impaired decision-making processes of people with addictive behaviors to understand their self-control deficits.
GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing) was created to help provide sources of help, compassion and most of all, understanding, for families or individuals who have had a loved one die as a result of substance abuse or addiction.
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A peer-led support network for families dealing with addiction and recovery.
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National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), which started in 1989, is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all its forms possible.
Tens of millions of Americans have successfully resolved an AOD problem using a variety of traditional and non-traditional means. Findings suggest a need for a broadening of the menu of self-change and community-based options that can facilitate and support long-term AOD problem resolution.
Finding, and deciding on, a recovery solution can seem a difficult process. That’s why we’ve assembled a tremendous collection of resources on our site – to provide clarity and guidance to those who need it. We’ll continue to build on this foundation, offering new and helpful utilities for those on the path to recovery, as well as for their family and friends.
SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.
Our goal is to offer people a single source of relatable, reliable information at any stage of their recovery journey.
Addiction Hope’s mission is to help sufferers of all forms of addiction find hope, healing and recovery. Extensive information, resources and treatment referrals are provided for individuals struggling with addiction, their family members and treatment providers.
The ATTC Network is an international, multidisciplinary resource for professionals in the addictions treatment and recovery services field.