faces and voices of recovery
- Involvement in illegal acts and involvement with the criminal justice system (e.g., arrests, incarceration, DWIs) decreases by about ten-fold
- Steady employment in addiction recovery increases by over 50% greater relative to active addiction
- Frequent use of costly Emergency Room departments decreases ten-fold
- Paying bills on time and paying back personal debt doubles
- Planning for the future (e.g., saving for retirement) increases nearly three-fold
- Involvement in domestic violence (as victim or perpetrator) decreases dramatically
- Participation in family activities increases by 50%
- Volunteering in the community increases nearly three-fold compared to in active addiction
- Voting increases significantly
- Reports of untreated emotional/mental health problems decrease over four-fold
- Twice as many participants further their education or training than in active addiction
- The percentage of people owing back taxes decreases as recovery gets longer while a greater number of people in longer recovery report paying taxes, having good credit, making financial plans for the future and paying back debts
- Civic involvement increases dramatically as recovery progresses in such areas as voting and volunteering in the community
- People increasingly engage in healthy behaviors such as taking care of their health, having a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and dental checkups, as recovery progresses
- As recovery duration increases, a greater number of people go back to school or get additional job training
- Rates of steady employment increase gradually as recovery duration increases
- More and more people start their own business as recovery duration increases
- Participation in family activities increases from 68% to 95%
i came across this vid on kickstarter by a guy named greg williams. it is a testament to the burgeoning social change movement that has been kicking up its heels on the eastern seaboard over the last 10 years. addressing the undeniable stigma of addiction as well as highlighting the lackluster outcomes of our now traditional substance treatment, the film asks questions about the invisible block of americans who have moved beyond their addiction and become happier and more productive members of society. this fact, of course, never getting much airtime or front page coverage, unlike the devastation and drama caused by active addiction.
the film clip stirs so many emotions in me. i believe that the wonders that have touched my life in recovery have rocked my world. it’s hard to imagine that others wouldn’t want this if they understood it, even if they only got a fraction of the relief i have found.
none-the-less greg williams is tapping into something greater than himself here. i encourage any readers to watch his clip and consider a contribution to his efforts. the local recovery organization i volunteer with has decided to donate enough to snag a private showing next year with a guest appearance by greg as well as a q&a. i fully support recovery coming out of the shadows and into the light.
here’s the link for his kickstarter project.