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Saturday, April 26, 2014

People In Recovery From Substance Abuse Should Speak Out

Recovery is a difficult journey but anyone in recovery will tell you that it is worth the struggle. There are more resources today for those recovering from addiction than ever before; and those in recovery will tell you that it is not a journey that can be taken alone. Newly recovering alcoholics and addicts rely heavily on those who have come before them and it is essential that people in recovery from substance abuse should speak out and give hope to others in similar situations, according to Michael Botticelli, the Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

At a forum in New Haven, Botticelli pointed out that there are 23 million Americans in recovery, the Associated Press reports. Despite all the resources available for recovering addicts, only about one in nine people with a substance use disorder receive treatment.

“We know that one of the biggest reasons people don’t ask for help is shame and denial,” he said. “We need to break that silence. We’ve done it with other diseases and we can do it with substance use and we can do it with recovery.”

Stigma and denial about substance abuse are obstacles to treating addiction, according Botticelli.
Botticelli has over 24 years of long-term recovery from addiction.

Help is available to those who want to change their lives for the better, like all diseases, no one is alone in the struggle.

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