Randy Haveson - Full Recovery
Health authorities and drug addiction specialists tell drug addicts and alcoholics over and over that no matter how serious their addiction is, it is always possible to make a full recovery. It is not easy to recover from addiction, but it is possible and there is always hope. There is plenty of help out there for those addicts who want to get better.
One of the most important things for addicts to understand is that they are not alone, and many people have been successfully treated for their addictions and made full recoveries, and gone on to live healthy and productive lives. The message that the experts want all addicts to get is that they can do it, too.
Substance addiction, whether it's from drugs or alcohol, is typically identified when the person has a hard time controlling how much of the substance they use, and for how long they use it. It is also identified when people keep on consuming the substance in spite of the negative consequences it has had on their lives: anything from losing a job to losing valued personal relationships, to legal consequences up to and including time in jail. One or both of these criteria are present in all addictions.
Recovery begins with the addict giving up the substance they are addicted to, but that is only the first step. The steps that come after that are critical to keeping them off of drugs or alcohol and moving to a healthier life. And that begins with the addict creating a new life where it is easier for them to not use. If they don't do that, then chances are very high that all of the factors that led to their addiction in the first place will catch up to them, and they'll begin the downward spiral back into addiction.
Randy Haveson has been in recovery from his addiction for more than thirty years. He is a full time professional speaker on the subjects of addiction and recovery.