The false message that alcoholism and drug addictions are incurable diseases has been forced upon Americans for so long that most people stopped believing there is a way out. Many addiction treatment programs and traditional recovery support groups have even resorted to telling addicts they expect them to relapse. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies pay big money in marketing and lobbying to get their drugs prescribed to addicts in hopes of treating the symptoms for a lifetime.
Sound grim? It is if you get caught up in the traditional treatment route these days.
That is why a group of advocates have formed The New Face of Recovery™, which promotes that permanent recovery is possible, that relapse doesn’t have to be part of it, and that prescribing harmful drugs to addicts is often a direct violation of the Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors of “Above All, Do No Harm.”
Patient advocacy is not a new idea, but addicts and their family members need to know about the betrayal occurring in the addiction treatment field and be informed consumers. The intention is to see more people demanding results from rehabilitation centers, officials, doctors and other treatment professionals.
According to their site, “Most recovery programs today keep people re-living the past. This can be extremely damaging because it continues to remind them of all of the previous troubles, losses and misfortunes of life up until now. The secret behind ending addiction falls in the ability to successfully confront the past and leave it there so that you can move forward in life.”
There is a recovery forum for people to discuss these efforts to create change and help share ideas of what has helped them completely solve addiction and move on to a brighter future free from drugs and alcohol, such as finding successful inpatient drug rehabs.
For more information about this new movement, visit The New Face of Recovery.
Lucas A Catton, CCDC is a leading online author for the addiction treatment field and is a co-founder of The New Face of Recovery advocacy movement.