The group’s recent “Rally for Recovery,” FOA’s annual signature event at Courthouse Square, took place last Sunday — full of speakers, information, support and the joining of forces between community members who care and wonderful recovery advocates. A real “feel good’ event for all.
We also can get educated about addiction and recovery. “The Dayton Model of Recovery,” an original and innovative approach, claims there are five things very important to know about addiction, and five simple things to do in order to achieve and sustain recovery.
Five things to know: The addicted one is sick, lonely, unable to change on their own, guilt-ridden, and shame-filled. This is a chronic and progressive state of whole-person illness and decline, leading to an early death. The brain is no longer functioning normally or healthily. They need long-term care and support. The road to recovery takes time and is not easy, though it is a simple path.
Five things to do: Sobriety, Love, Unity, Growth, and Spirituality. “The Big Five Values/Commitments of Recovery” are what works. My 40 years of collecting observational data while working in the addictions treatment field have provided this clear and direct solution. Getting detoxed is where it all begins. Receiving love and caring from professionals and family is the next important component. Joining forces in a support network follows the love piece. Doing self-improvement/personal growth activities, and having a spiritual practice each day is the rest of the recovery picture.
If treatment professionals, concerned family members and the community-at-large could get on the same page with knowledge, understanding, acceptance and compassion, we can achieve the necessary turnaround. Let’s redefine ourselves. Let’s take control of our image and destiny. Let’s be solution-oriented and beat this destructive blight on our community and nation.
John Baldasare is author of “Knowing Affliction and Doing Recovery: How to overcome addictions, mental illness and PTSD with The Dayton Model.” He’s written here previously about addiction issues.