Recovery from alcohol and drug abuse can be a lifelong battle for many, but results from the first ever survey of its kind in Canada show there is good chance of a positive, satisfying and enjoyable life after addiction.
The survey by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction looked at what addiction recovery means to people, and how they got to that point. It asked questions like: Do you consider yourself in recovery? What are you in recovery from? And what barriers did you encounter getting into recovery?
78 per cent of respondents who indicated they were in recovery were white.62 per cent had completed post-secondary education.78 per cent were actively employed.49 per cent were married, and 61 per cent had children.
But the survey showed the main problem facing addicts was shame. Addicts were ashamed of their behaviour and it was this stigma and embarrassment that stopped many from seeking help.
There should be no shame in admitting you have a problem. Experts understand the stigma surrounding addiction. Recovery centres can provide comprehensive care from the initial detoxification to aftercare and follow-up services.
The survey also demonstrated how recovery led to dramatic improvements in productivity and quality of life. For example, before recovery more than 60 per cent of respondents were missing work regularly. After recovery that figure dropped to just 4 per cent.
Another of the most recent Canadian studies into unhealthy behaviours is the 2016 Canadian Community Health Survey. It revealed one-third of Canadians aged 12 or older (around 11 million people) reported smoking, heavy drinking or the use of illegal drugs.
Half of 18 to 34 year olds (50.3%) reported at least one of these unhealthy behaviours. Almost one-fifth of Canadians (19.0%) aged 12 and older reported alcohol consumption that classified them as heavy drinkers. And one-third of Canadians aged 12 or older reported using illegal drugs at sometime in their life. And men were almost twice as likely as women to report using illicit drugs in the past year (13.9% of males versus 7.7% of females).
Sometimes, seemingly simple things in life can lead to stressful situations. The natural stress we all face every day can seem almost impossible when all you care about is your next drink or fix.
Perhaps the most powerful testimony to the effectiveness of Recovery Centres comes from former addicts themselves. Erick Bouaziz has beaten the addiction battle and says the answer to his own full recovery was down to his determination to help others break the vicious circle of addiction. His own 5 years of sobriety is just one reward for helping recovering drug addicts. It’s his personal mission to use his own experiences to help anyone suffering the hell of substance or alcohol abuse.
Company Name: Erick Bouaziz
Contact Person: The Academy Addiction Centre
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