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What is Recovery?

by James Heller 30. July 2009 07:16
Tarzana Treatment Centers is participating in Recovery Month 2009 with activities and a series of articles.  The activities include rallies in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, and Recovery Day at Dodger’s Stadium.  As always our articles are intended bring awareness, and to help those in need of alcohol and drug treatment.

Recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction is more than just abstaining from alcohol or drugs.  It requires changes in the lives of individuals so they don’t feel the need to reach for a drink or drug in order to exist.  If no life changes are made, it is likely that abstinence will only bring frustration and misery.

12 Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous offer guidance to recovery.  These are the most popular programs, but they make no claim to being the most successful.  Their only motivation is to help other alcoholics and drug addicts, so they can remain clean and sober.

There are other programs that take a different approach to recovery, and have helped many individuals improve their lives.  So for those who claim that 12 Step programs do not work for them, others might.  It is not important how one finds recovery, only that they seek it.

Alcohol and drug treatment is available at Tarzana Treatment Centers for those seeking recovery.  When needed, it can begin with alcohol or drug detox in our medical detoxification program.  Then aftercare can continue recovery in residential rehab or outpatient treatment.

Some more information on Recovery Month 2009 is below.  For more details, and how you can get involved, go to www.recoverymonth.gov.  

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Recovery Month is an annual observance that takes place during the month of September.

The Recovery Month observance highlights the societal benefits of substance abuse treatment, lauds the contributions of treatment providers and promotes the message that recovery from substance abuse in all its forms is possible. The observance also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective substance abuse treatment for those in need. Each year a new theme, or emphasis, is selected for the observance.

Recovery Month provides a platform to celebrate people in recovery and those who serve them. Each September, thousands of treatment programs around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues in an effort to educate the public about treatment, how it works, for whom, and why. Substance abuse treatment providers have made significant accomplishments, having transformed the lives of untold thousands of Americans. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; therefore, Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these successes.

Recovery Month also serves to educate the public on substance abuse as a national health crisis, that addiction is a treatable disease, and that recovery is possible. Recovery Month highlights the benefits of treatment for not only the affected individual, but for their family, friends, workplace, and society as a whole. Educating the public reduces the stigma associated with addiction and treatment. Accurate knowledge of the disease helps people to understand the importance of supporting treatment programs, those who work within the treatment field, and those in need of treatment.

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Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles makes a daily effort to find treatment news articles that we can share with our readers in the alcohol and drug treatment community.  The external content was found among other articles of equal informational and educational quality.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County and Orange County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley, and in Santa Ana.