Did you know that for every $1 spent on mental health, $.15 is spent on Recovery and even less on prevention efforts?
Recovery is not accomplished by taking a pill or drinking a liquid solution when you’re dealing with substance use disorder. It’s not done by being x-rayed by a large machine, nor is it being injected with antibiotics or hooked up to IV’s. It doesn’t involve an easy admission process, the guarantee of an admission when one is sick, a wing full of beds or even a large hospital of beds. There is no emergent triage to get you inpatient immediately. In fact, for inpatient services for drug addiction, you must wait 24 hours for a call back and then up to 2 weeks for a bed. No suave, ointments or special bandages can help in this Recovery. No surgery can improve your quality of life. There are no televised events with phones continuously ringing to raise thousands or millions of dollars. In the hospital, aides don’t come by delivering flowers, balloons or cards from people showing care and concern. There are no bright painted walls with trees or rainbows. And certainly there is no comfortable family seating with nice carpeting, lovely pictures and comfortable seating. You can never quit, give up or decide not to do it. For if you do, it can be fatal. You can’t put it off. Can’t take shortcuts. There is no cure.
Recovery in the critical care unit based on personal experience has been to interact with Emergency Room physicians and nurses who lack compassion, understanding and instead treat the patient and family like rats. Just go away. Your questions are dumb, you caring is dumb and your son/daughter made a stupid decision. That sounds harsh but parents and loved ones dealing with this have heard all too many times similar nightmares when dealing with this epidemic.
So now that we know what it is not, let’s talk about What exactly does recovery look like for someone with SUD.
Addiction Recovery involves all family members. No one person with addiction is in it alone. That’s why we say we are a family in recovery. It touches all of us. We all are impacted and need to work at things like setting healthy boundaries, better communication, compassion for the disease, just to name a few if we are to survive. Survival: The state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances. Recovery lasts forever, one day at a time.
People in recovery will need to focus on Recovery Management, the practice of daily coping skills. Think of it like maintaining a healthy lifestyle to combat Diabetes, Krohns or Chronic Pain. Every one of these disease require a daily maintenance and regimen to retrain our brain, body and souls in learning to live healthier and to practice healthy activities. Most importantly with every person in need of recovery, there is also a mental health aspect that requires the attention of professionals.
Call 911 immediately if someone is unresponsive from drugs or alcohol.
Call for an evaluation. Locally in the Rochester area you may contact:
1) Rochester Regional Chemical Dependency at (585) 723-7740
2) Syracuse Behavioral Health in Rochester at 585-287-5622.
Evaluations are often available within 24 hours.
Thank you for your continued support of those fighting the disease of addiction. You’ve just completed Recovery 101. Now go share and help others to understand! Thank you!