It seems that nearly all information about drug addiction and alcoholism is bleak. While you may not struggle with substance abuse, you may know someone who does. Many with alcohol and drug addictions keep their battles private. On the flip side, not everyone in recovery publicizes their triumphs. Addiction and alcoholism take a toll on the individual and those close to them. Substance abuse also impacts communities with more significant ramifications. However, not all the information about drug addiction is negative. In fact, recovery and survival are possible for approximately 75% of those who suffer. Different studies show that around 8% of Americans have overcome a dependency issue.
In the U.S., every September is recognized as Recovery Month. The theme of 2022 is “Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.” The HHS, Dept. of Health and Human Services, founded the initiative. The annual reminder is presided over by SAMHSA. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration changed the program in 2020. Professionals in the field now oversee and sponsor the month-long effort. The website has excellent resources for anyone impacted by alcoholism or addiction. Those in recovery or looking to start the process can access information. Family members and the community can also get involved through available networks.
The causes of alcoholism and drug addiction are linked to genetics and one’s environment. Those with dependency issues may not see that they have a problem. There are many recovery models available, including the well-known 12-Step for AA. This method first starts when someone admits that they have a problem. Since everyone has different needs, other recovery approaches are available. Professionals sometimes implement an individually-based program with fewer steps. The Transtheoretical Model was developed to help people stop smoking. This behavioral method was then expanded to drug and alcohol recovery. The five steps include pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparations, action, and maintenance. Another program includes one-on-one treatment with a specialist. A professional assessment looks at each user’s mental health, behaviors, and addiction. Individual-based recovery processes focus on empowering those who battle substance abuse. Such initiatives strengthen and tap into one’s willpower, self-knowledge, hope, and spirituality.
Author Jim McGregor struggled with alcoholism, as did those close to him. His healing was attributed to an introspective and spiritual approach. McGregor reflects in his book, The Tao of Recovery: A Quiet Path to Wellness. He produced numerous reading materials and distributed them to The Betty Ford Center. McGregor became actively became involved in Al-Anon to help those impacted by addiction. The Tao of Recovery has been revered as one of the best books amongst communities affected. The work serves as a guide to anyone on a path seeking wellness.
The Tao of Recovery shows that healing rests in one’s ability to be open to beauty and truth. Overcoming addiction and alcoholism is possible, and McGregor’s path gives hope to readers.
The Tao of Recovery explores these steps:
- Uncovering what was hidden
- Accepting your limitations
- Forgiving your imperfections
- Remembering what was forgotten
- Discovering your inner wisdom, wholeness, and grace
- Quietly accept your true self with internal mercy
- Settle into your true nature, do not try too hard
- Free yourself from confusion or past trauma
The Tao of Recovery acknowledges the negative impact on the facets of life. Addiction does affect every person, family, and community. If you struggle or know someone who does, the key is to reclaim your self-esteem. By doing so, you can rightfully and healthily claim your place and purpose in society. The intriguing thing about this book is that you do not have to read the pages in order.
Assistance is available if you want to start the recovery process or have relapsed. Get 24/7 help 365 days a year from SAMHSA’s National Helpline.