I began my advocacy speaking out so people would know that addiction is an equal opportunity disease. That it can affect a family who has everything just as easily as it can affect a family who has nothing. Today I speak out so people know that Recovery is possible – that Recovery is not just about staying away from a drink, drug or behavior a day at a time but is also about restoring and enhancing the lives of those affected as well as the lives of those around them.

Getting a person into recovery is 1% initiation of abstinence, 1% acute detoxification and the other 98% is relapse prevention.

We know a lot about prevention and treatment because we spend money on studies focused on them, we don’t have the money to research recovery so we don’t know very much about recovery. If we understood it better, we might get more people into recovery and keep them there longer.

Recovery has to be more than fear of relapse
and working on your defects of character.

The human brain has a magnificent capacity to relearn, to develop new neuro pathways and change … In recovery we can not only learn new behavior but change the way we think and feel about the fundamentals of our lives. A person entering recovery may have low self esteem, trauma, co-occuring disorders and no substantial belief that they are capable of an exceptional life, but with new messaging and habits along with the necessary life skills a person in recovery can change their perception and accomplish great things

I spent 10 years trying to solve the riddle of addiction and the best I could do was lock myself in my house or in a jail or hospital so I wouldn’t use. When something frees you from that kind of hell it definitely gets your attention and, if your lucky, may reveal a sliver of willingness to change who we are and how we navigate life. I believe all of us have these intermittent windows of opportunity for profound change – The reason I got to recovery was because I crawled through the window and realized once I did that there may not be another. Gandhi said the man who changes himself is greater than the man who conquers 10,000 armies. I think changing who we are is nearly impossible but that these periodic windows offer us a chance. The reason I stayed in recovery is because I stepped out of my active addiction long enough to demonstrate to myself my capacity to orchestrate a rich and meaningful life.

I spent 10 years trying to solve the riddle of addiction and the best I could do was lock myself in my house or in a jail or hospital so I wouldn’t use. When something frees you from that kind of hell it definitely gets your attention and, if your lucky, may reveal a sliver of willingness to change who we are and how we navigate life. I believe all of us have these intermittent windows of opportunity for profound change – The reason I got to recovery was because I crawled through the window and realized once I did that there may not be another. Gandhi said the man who changes himself is greater than the man who conquers 10,000 armies. I think changing who we are is nearly impossible but that these periodic windows offer us a chance. The reason I stayed in recovery is because I stepped out of my active addiction long enough to demonstrate to myself my capacity to orchestrate a rich and meaningful life.

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When a person breaks his leg, we put his leg in a cast. After it heals we send him to physical therapy. When a person has an active addiction we send him to treatment. After he heals we send him….where? What’s physical therapy for addiction? Recovery has to be more than peeing in a cup once a week and going to twelve step meetings. And Recovery must be anchored in the real world—not ostracized or segregated by dictate or by choice.

-Christopher Kennedy Lawford