Embracing the Journey: Finding Hope in Recovery

Embracing the Journey: Finding Hope in Recovery

Often, we focus so heavily on preventing substance misuse that we can easily forget to stop and celebrate those who have made the brave choice to fight their addiction. September, which is known as National Recovery Month is the time to reflect on the positive transformation our loved ones and the millions of Americans in recovery are making.

According to the  U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “seven in ten adults who have  had a substance use problem considered themselves to be recovering or in recovery.” So, if nearly 21 million people are in recovery, imagine the number of people who have not started their journey.

Opioid use disorder is so common that in 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that 3.4% of Americans over the age of 12 admit that they have misused the drug at least once a year. It’s concerning to learn that many people, including children, misuse opioids and other drugs.

How We Can Support Someone in Recovery

For more than 40 years, CHRIS 180 has worked to help those s recovering from addiction to alcohol, tobacco, opioids and more.

Our trained clinicians guide clients towards resources that can help them rethink their relationship with substances and approach to coping with trauma. We offer different therapies, including medication-assisted treatment, which combines FDA-approved medications and counseling to discuss behaviors and feelings toward addiction.

CHRIS 180’s Director of Substance Use Services, Rowan Altice CADC, CCS, shares the following tips for loved ones looking to create a safe space for those in recovery around them.

    • Educate Yourself: Dedicate some time to understanding the specific addiction or mental health challenge your loved one faces. This knowledge equips you to provide support that truly makes a difference.
    • Be a Compassionate Listener: Sometimes, all someone in recovery seeks is a caring and non-judgmental ear. Be someone who listens without rushing to offer advice and honor their emotions and experiences.
    • Foster Healthy Activities: Encourage and engage in activities that promote both physical and mental well-being. Activities like exercising together, exploring new hobbies, or practicing relaxation techniques like meditation can immensely support their progress.
    • Share the Journey: Consider joining support groups alongside your friend or family member. This act of solidarity can be a powerful source of motivation for them, reinforcing that they are not alone in their path to recovery.

“Always remember that recovery is a deeply personal journey, so adapt your support to suit their needs and preferences. Your genuine care and understanding can be a guiding light on their path to healing,” shared Altice.


Resources for Families Impacted by Substance Use

If you know someone who is looking to get started on their journey to healing and recovery, check out our comprehensive list of resources for families impacted by substance use to help them get the support they need.



SAMHSA Announces National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Results Detailing Mental Illness and Substance Use Levels in 2021 | SAMHSA

NCDAS: Substance Abuse and Addiction Statistics [2023] (drugabusestatistics.org)



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