In the past, society viewed addiction as a moral flaw.
Some of the typical “treatments” involved imprisonment, sentencing to asylums, and church-guided prayer. These methods obviously ended up being generally ineffective.
Today’s society is growing to understand that addiction is a disease of the mind and body, characterized by fundamental and long-lasting changes in the brain and body chemistry. Modern treatments are based on scientific research and tailored to each individual and their specific needs for recovery. Today’s methods are so much more effective, with an average of 40-70% of patients remaining drug-free according to what I could find on the internet.
This is Great! I am extremely thankful for this as I have used today’s methods to gain strength in my own recovery. This is a Huge step in the right direction for society. Thirty years ago we had an overwhelming amount of people begging for help with a disease that wasn’t even recognized as an illness but instead seen as a weakness, moral flaw, a huge lack of will power. Today, while the numbers are still rather high, people in the very same place are able to find help around almost every corner, if they are looking for it. Today’s struggle for an addict/alcoholic isn’t so much in getting the help as it is getting to the point that they are willing to accept the help.
While we have come a long way, we still have quite the hill to climb.
While we recognize the direct impact addiction has on the person struggling with it, what about their loved ones? Take those addicts who were begging for help thirty years ago. A significant amount of them never received that help causing a ripple effect. Growing up as the child of someone suffering from addiction can be a very traumatic experience. A lot of support groups focus on bringing you back to “sanity”, or back to the “normal” you…. What if you never knew normal? What if you were born into that world of insanity? What then?
I was almost tuned away from the very group that changed my life because of those very questions. I thought, this obviously this isn’t for me because I have no idea what normal is since I never had it. This was a huge struggle for me and still kind of is. There are too many people out there just like me who don’t seek help because they either don’t know that the need it, they don’t know where to find it or they don’t think they can afford it… While I can’t tell you what you need I most certainly help you find it and I am great at finding what you need for free! On my blog I will do my best to only post information about places you can seek help for Free. This is because I believe that those who truly want to and can help you don’t want your money. They want the reward of seeing you succeed.
For the purpose of carrying the message: Al-Anon is a great place to start. While they focus on alcohol they welcome everyone. If you are not comfortable they will even go as far as helping you find a meeting that fits you! Below are a few more details on Al-Anon.
Al‑Anon Family Groups, which includes Alateen and Al‑Anon Adult Children, has been in existence for 65 years as a community resource providing support to those affected by someone else’s drinking.
Today, there are more than 25,000 Al‑Anon and 1,700 Alateen groups meeting in 133 countries. There are more than 280 Al‑Anon and Alateen meetings in the Minneapolis and St.Paul metropolitan area. Meetings are anonymous and confidential. There are no dues, fees or commitment for membership.
Find out if Al‑Anon, Alateen, or Al‑Anon Adult Children might be right for you. Learn about alcoholism as a family disease and its effect on us.
As my blog grows I will eventually have a page complete with as many Free resources I can find for you all! This may take a little bit to get up an running as I am researching each lead to be sure they are still available. If you know of any at all and you are reading there is no such thing as too much help! Your input is always welcome and WANTED!
If you are out there in active addiction, or if your life has been affected by someone suffering please know that there is help. And IT IS POSSIBLE! Stay strong and ask for help.
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