Listen to our most recent show with Journalist Maia Szalavitz and NYT Best selling author UNBROKEN BRAIN – on substance use issues. Opioid Drug Problems.
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
Filthy hands gripping bloody needles, pregnant women shooting up, angelic toddlers in car seats with their parents slumped upfront, overdosed — media images of the opioid crisis are relentlessly dire.
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.