Columbia, Mo. – Board President of Phoenix Programs, Greg DeLine, is encouraging Columbians to attend the Recovery Ride and Car Show that will run from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, September 8. The show is sponsored by Phoenix Programs and will be held at the corner of Vandiver Drive and N. Providence Road.
“This is the largest fundraiser for Phoenix this year, so we welcome motorcycle riders and car show enthusiasts to register,” said Greg DeLine. “Phoenix has been a collaborative and innovative partner with several health organizations in our area and is at the forefront of helping people in their alcohol or drug addiction recovery.”
The show is free to the public, and people can register for the ride or car show at Recovery Ride and Car Show.
Phoenix Programs serve individuals and their families who seek support and recovery from alcohol or drug addiction. The journey to overcome drug or alcohol addiction is a difficult path. The recovery process takes time, effort, willpower and support. Often family and friends may not know how to help, or they have misperceptions on what the recovery process really means.
Here are the top five misperceptions of drug and alcohol addiction:
People with substance abuse issues are not bad people trying to get good, they are sick people trying to get well.
Bias toward people with substance abuse issues can create barriers to treatment and recovery. Family and friends can seek help themselves by learning more about how to support a loved one and advocate for effective treatment in order to eliminate those barriers.
People choose to use, and they can choose to quit. However, we now know that more than 90 percent of substance use disorders begin before the age of 21 — when human brains are most vulnerable to chemicals and they’re not developmentally able to fully consider consequences.
If people start using again, they weren’t ready for treatment. It turns out that substance use disorders are chronic health conditions. For many people, it takes more than one try to create a stable lifestyle in recovery.
Some people just have a high alcohol tolerance — they can drink a lot and it doesn’t mean they have a drinking problem. If you feel nothing after several drinks, though, you do have a problem. A casual drinker couldn’t drink a couple of six-packs without feeling very sick — if you’re doing this and feeling fine, you need help.