I know people continually hear us say that addiction doesn't have to be a life sentence, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that recovery from substance abuse and addiction is attainable. It's a long process for some people especially if they're chronically addicted to alcohol or other substances but recovery is achievable and you can heal and maintain a healthy substance free life-style.
We hear and talk about the sad, tragic and dangerous side of substance abuse and addiction all of the time but I think it's equally important to hear about the positive side of recovery and let people hear from others that have been successful. There are thousands of people today of all ages enjoying life and embracing their freedom from addiction who have found their own path of recovery and are successfully maintaining their sobriety.
There's not a specific form of treatment or recovery program that's right for everyone because we're all unique in our own way and we have to choose what works best for ourselves. It doesn't matter whether our addiction is to alcohol, illegal street drugs, inhalants, prescription drugs or any other substance. You can recover and successfully manage your sobriety like thousands of others have with the right support and determination.
National Recovery Month
September 2012 is National Recovery Month where communities choose different events to promote recovery from substance abuse and to inspire anyone suffering from addiction. Thousands of people have learned to manage their recovery from alcohol or drug addiction after finding their own path of healing and recovery. This is a time to celebrate their achievements and to inspire others to do the same.
It helps to read success stories from others who have been where you are now drinking or using drugs and destroying your life feeling miserable, scared and unable to see life any other way. It's hard to picture your future happy and substance free no matter how badly you want to stop and be successful. Reading success stories or listening to someone talk that's been there and is now happily and successfully managing their recovery can make a big difference in yours.
If you have found your path of recovery it's important to let others know about your success. You should be proud of your recovery accomplishments and know that you're helping others who desperately need to be inspired at the same time.
Voices for Recovery
Voices for Recovery is part of SAMHSA's National Recovery Month which includes inspiring stories from people just like you or someone you may know that's struggling with addiction. They too at one time in their lives were suffering from the effects their addictions had on their health and lives but are now living life free from the use of drugs, alcohol or both. It's not only inspiring but also proves that there is 'life after addiction' and you can heal from this illness. It takes time, support, determination and the form of treatment or recovery program that best fits your individual needs to achieve and maintain sobriety but you can reach your goals and be happy.
Inspiring Addiction Recovery Stories
Here are some inspiring words from Voices for Recovery 2009, 2010, and 2011, that I hope will be inspirational to you as well as reassuring you that there is life after addiction. For anyone already working toward their recovery I hope the words of others will strengthen your determination to reach your recovery goals. People need to see that they're not alone and that others have seen the dark side of addiction and that their lives were dramatically affected due to their alcoholism or substance abuse. They also need to see that there is a way out, a light at the end of the tunnel, and that they can and will embrace life again.
Fellowship Programs During Recovery
No matter what your age is or what form of addiction you're suffering from, you have to find your own path to recovery in order to be successful. Some people choose to find their path of recovery through support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) because that works for them.
Outpatient Recovery Programs
Outpatient treatment is another recovery program option many people choose when seeking recovery from alcohol or other substances of abuse. They're able to remain in their homes and continue with their employment or schooling while they work toward their recovery.
Incorporating Fellowship Meeting During Outpatient Treatment
Many people choose to incorporate fellowship group meetings like AA or NA along with their outpatient treatment. Receiving treatment through a structured outpatient recovery program along with the support of others from programs like AA or NA strengthens their recovery in many ways and greatly reduces their chance of relapse.
Residential (Inpatient) Treatment Recovery Programs
Inpatient treatment is a very effective option for anyone needing help for their addiction to drugs or alcohol. Many people not only need to be in a structured environment away from situations and triggers that will have a negative effect on their recovery, but they also need one on one support around the clock in order to heal and achieve abstinence. Residential treatment programs provide the necessary guidance and support during the beginning of recovery that many people need in order to stop drinking or using drugs because the challenges faced in their home environments can be much too difficult.
Everyone deserves to be happy and I hope that 2012 will be the year prevention programs will make a huge difference in the lives of our young people. Hopefully parents will recognize that prevention has to start at home and setting good examples as parents can go a long way with our children in terms of drinking and substance abuse. And for those who are in need of help and treatment for substance abuse and addictions, I hope that this will be the year you will find your 'personal path of recovery' and be able to embrace your life soon, substance-free.
Share your Addiction Recovery Story
You can share your successful recovery story on SAMHSA's National Recovery Month Site and you can even remain anonymous if you choose to do so. I know some people become addicted to prescription drugs accidentally due to illness or injuries but alcoholism or other substance abuse starts out with us making a 'poor choice'. Make the right choice now and 'choose to recover' and when you do, share your story with others.
Be proud of yourself for your accomplishments and help others by inspiring them with your recovery success!