Recovery is a different experience for everyone. Simply put— some treatments and support services work for some people. Surveys estimate that only about 10% of people who can benefit from treatment actually receive treatment. Success rates of treatment for substance use disorder are difficult to measure, yet are widely accepted to be about 40%-60% successful, which is similar to treatments for other chronic illnesses. The variation cannot be explained by differences in strength nor will-power because substance use disorder and addiction are identified as chronic illnesses. Unfortunately, we do not have a cure yet. However, recovery does happen for over 23.5 million people across the US.
Recovery happens. Recovery is for everyone. We can create a community that better supports people with substance use disorder and addiction, which is the foundational belief of recovery oriented systems of care. The recovery community continues to grow, and recent advancements shine brightly upon the possibilities of the future. As more people are able to share their stories and experiences openly, more people are also able to benefit from reduced stigma. We are grateful to be a part of these efforts to increase access to services and improve the quality of life for everyone impacted by substance use disorder and addiction.
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