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Encouraging People to Seek Addiction Treatment

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One need only look at the evening news to know the seriousness of addiction in America. There is hardly a family that doesn’t have member who has been touched by a substance related mental illness. With the ever-rising death toll linked to opioid use, we all have a vested interest in seeing more people find recovery. No easy task to be sure, but more than possible.

We have come a long way, since 12 Step programs were founded, regarding how society looks at addiction. With each year that passes, more Americans understand that addiction isn’t a choice. After all, if it were, who would opt for such a condition. A greater number of Americans, for a several reasons, now understand that addiction is something people can recover from. We also recognize that trying to arrest away the problem has resulted in only more heartache and catastrophe.

Part of the reason more people are empathetic in recent years is due to the prevalence of opioid addiction. And the ever-mounting death toll associated with opioid use disorder. It became hard for certain lawmakers to call addiction a moral failing when they, themselves, have lost loved ones. Whatever, the reasons for changing one’s position on addiction are not all that important. What matters is that a greater number of people are giving the science of addiction some credence. What’s more, society seems to agree with the approach of favoring treatment over jail for the afflicted.

Encouraging People to Seek Addiction Treatment

It is probably fair to say that more people than ever need addiction treatment. Especially given the rise in opioid use disorders, involving a class of drugs with a high potential for overdose. The only way to truly prevent addicts from overdosing is by way of addiction recovery. Those who are in need of treatment need to be made to feel as though they are not failures. They need to understand that there are people in their corner who want to see them break the self-defeating cycle.

It should go without saying that everyone can have a hand in helping people seek assistance. Even if who you are helping is perfect stranger. The change is only as strong as its weakest link. If people in society are suffering, we all suffer. One way to encourage more people to seek help is by spreading the message: recovery is possible.

SAMHSA has dubbed the 2017 theme of National Recovery Month — Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities. This year, the agency is calling on people in recovery and their families to share their stories of recovery. With the hope of inspiring millions to seek addiction treatment. It is understandable if you are not in a place, or feel comfortable, with sharing your experience. The stigma of addiction can leave lasting scars that might take more time to fade. But, for some sharing one’s story might be an exercise in empowerment. A testament to how far you’ve come and how proud you are of the life-saving achievement of recovery.

Please take a look at one example below:


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Honoring Those In Recovery

Inspiring others to seek treatment is of the utmost importance. Perhaps one of the greatest humanitarian missions of our times. However, National Recovery Month is also about celebrating people working programs of recovery. It takes tremendous courage and willingness to take steps to break the cycle of addiction. It should never be taken for granted.

National Recovery Month is a perfect opportunity for those of you still suffering to find inspiration. The stories of others could be the driving force that leads to your own recovery. If you are battling alcohol or substance use disorder, please contact Christians Drug Rehab. We are here to help.