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If you or someone close to you is currently recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, this is the perfect time to make your voices heard and make the public aware of the struggles of recovery.
September is celebrated all around the U.S. as the National Recovery Month, which provides an opportune time to highlight the importance of early intervention and preventive measures to rescue people from their addictions. This year marks the 25th time that the campaign is being held, with the advocacy stretching to the awareness of mental disorders as well.
The theme for this year is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” which gives recovering addicts the chance to have their voices heard and express their struggles in recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. The campaign hopes to put a positive spin on the issue by emphasizing the significance of a person’s behavior to overall well-being, as well as the benefits of prevention and immediate treatment.
Several organizations are putting their full support on the campaign, including the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
If you want to support the campaign through a monetary donation, you may send them through this page at drugfree.org. You may also find more information about National Recovery Month from the SAMHSA website.
Perhaps one of the most difficult things to come to grips with is finding out that your loved one is addicted to drugs. The initial and most common reaction is shock, especially if you knew that he was living a clean life well before the addiction even started, and the frustration that this can give to you can lead to conflicts later on.
But what you need to understand when you find out about it is that it is often an involuntary act, especially if it has been going on for quite a while. The longer the user has been taking drugs, the harder it is to escape because of the strengthening craving and growing dependence on the substance.
With this in mind, it becomes a difficult task to pry him away from using drugs. In fact, it is quite inadvisable to do so forcefully, since this may lead to possible violent encounters. Encouraging them to get treatment can be one of the things that you can do for them without great risk of damage to your relationship.
The hardest part of any recovery is the withdrawal stage. This can sometimes be fatal if left alone. The feelings associated with withdrawal also depend on the length of drug use –the longer the drug use, the more intense the sensations become, which can be extremely unpleasant for the individual. In this case, realize that he cannot make it through without guidance and support, which can be given by both medical professionals and friends.
Of course, drug treatment is not a one-shot deal. It is a long, painful, and ongoing process, and hoping that the individual can get over it miraculously may be a bit much to expect. Feelings of pain can surface long after contact with drugs, and these must be anticipated and dealt with carefully. Emotional support is critical even after treatment. Only then can true, lasting recovery take place.