To the editor:
September is National Recovery Support Month, so the article in The Columbus Telegram Sunday, September 27, 2015, "Addiction recovery still challenging in Columbus" was really appreciated. It expressed from various agencies the struggles people have to stay away from drugs and/or alcohol. Trying to stay away from an addiction especially one that has destroyed their life is a difficult challenge. It can be learning a totally different life and lifestyle that they may never have known. The article also mentioned how mental illnesses can play a part of these roles that may not have ever been diagnosed. It could range from depression, bipolar to schizophrenia and so on. So when the correct treatment is addressed, it helps the mixed up pieces of the puzzled lives start getting in order.
Knowing that there are agencies in Columbus available shows Columbus cares to help people enter back into society in productive ways. Churches are also aiding in the recovery of helping Columbus citizens. I enjoyed reading the article until the first sentence in the last paragraph. “There is no such thing as recovery from substance abuse." This statement, in my opinion, deserved some clarification. If there is no recovery, there is no hope. If there is no hope, why even try to stay abstinent from addictions? While in recovery, it is work to maintain sobriety and struggling with triggers and stressors possibly for the rest of their lives. It is especially difficult in this age of society where alcohol is so encouraged and drugs are so accessible.
Addictions have broken up families because of decisions made under the influence.
So neighbors, let’s continue to support those who are in recovery, help those who need recovery and give encouragement to be successful in recovery.