Maia Szalavitz on Safe Recovery- Blog Talk Radio and The New York Times op ed

Listen to our most recent show with Journalist Maia Szalavitz and NYT Best selling author  UNBROKEN BRAIN – on substance use issues. Opioid Drug Problems.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/saferecovery/2018/09/11/maia-szalavitz-author-of-unbroken-brain-journalist-

The New York TImes op ed piece is so fantastic. This piece is exploring other options like SMART Recovery, MAT and just going back to your Native culture. Maia needs to be on CNN Anderson Cooper and MSNBC !

By Maia Szalavitz

Photographs by Ryan Christopher Jones

Fortunately, this is not the whole story. Around two million Americans are addicted to opioids. Yet many more have overcome their opioid problems. A large national population study found that almost all of those who once met criteria for prescription opioid-use disorder achieved remission during their lifetimes — and half of those recovered within five years. Although heroin and street fentanyl are more dangerous, most of those who avoid fatal overdoses recover from addiction.

To improve the odds, we need to recognize and champion recovery — and the wide variety of forms it can take. In media and pop culture, when recovering people are seen at all, one type usually appears: someone who goes to rehab and then abstains from all drugs by relying on 12-step programs like Narcotics Anonymous.

In fact, other recovery journeys are more common. For example, nearly half of those with prescription opioid addiction are able to recover without formal treatment or self-help participation.  Read full story here.

Addiction Doesn’t Always Last a Lifetime

In fact, most people recover, often on their own. Here are some of their stories.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/31/opinion/addiction-recovery-survivors.html

Ohio Women murdered in front of AA meeting Shot 6 times in front of 20 AA members

THIS IS A TRAGIC STORY-

Stephen Chancey met and married his third wife, Joyce, at the Sharonville Alcoholics Anonymous meetings both attended. That’s also where he killed her, shooting her six times when, as she was divorcing him, she had the nerve to show up there after he told her to stay away.

Chancey’s third marriage, like his first two, crumbled after his wife accused him of abusing her.

Joyce Lynn Chancey, 44, grew so scared of her husband that she got a restraining order against him on Oct. 29, 2001.

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That didn’t stop Chancey from showing up at her house and stalking her in the months after that or from giving graphic details during an AA meeting — as he stared at his wife — about his “army training in killing.”

She became so frightened that she sought a second protective order Feb. 8, citing his deteriorating mental condition and statements he had made to a friend about doing harm to his wife or her daughter.

“Now I fear what he will do to me if I show up at my (AA) meeting on Sunday,” she wrote in that order.

She had reason to fear.

Two days later, as she arrived at the Sharonville AA meeting, Chancey saw her pull her car into a parking lot. He walked up to her and shot her six times in front of about 20 people.

When anti-gun extremists are faced with questions about how law-abiding citizens can protect themselves from criminals in the midst of gun bans, they usually claim the police or more stringent laws can protect us.

But as with the story “Dial 911 & Your Neighbor Dies”, this event proves that laws or restraining orders cannot stop a person intent on doing harm, and that police are most often relegated to cleaning up after a crime was committed, rather than preventing it from happening.

 

https://ohioccw.org/200304081045/multiple-restraining-orders-fail-to-restrain-hamilton-county-woman-dies.html