Written by Natalie Gustafson, Communications & Marketing Manager;
NorthLakes Community Clinic
NorthLakes Community Clinic (Published 09/2017)
The Betty Ford Institute defines it saying, “There is an unknown but very large number of individuals who have experienced and successfully resolved dependence on alcohol or other drugs. These individuals refer to their new sober and productive lifestyle as ‘recovery’. Although widely used, the lack of a standard definition for this term has hindered public understanding and research on the topic that might foster more and better recovery-oriented interventions.”
Although recovery is attainable, the fact is that most people cannot just walk away, without help, from addiction, which is also known as Substance Use Disorder (SUD). They need assistance to change addictive behavior and resolve root causes. SUD is a disease, and there are ways to get better. People can get the help they need with treatment, through the support of health care professionals and positive relationships. A person with SUD can regain a healthy, productive life.