The Forgotten; Addicts at a Glance
People battling drug addiction and substance abuse are growing in numbers. As these numbers continue to rise, the funding for drug treatment programs decreases. With their being fewer treatment centers people are put on waiting lists and what should be a therapeutic process becomes a revolving door for the person receiving treatment as they are ushered in and then ushered out so the next in line can have a turn. Upon release from a short lived treatment facility individuals are sent back into a world that is not fixed and secure as the one they are leaving. This uncertainty and instability the world has to offer will cause many to stumble and relapse and their hope for a better way of life shattered. Recovery homes or sober living houses (SLH’s) as also referred to, are a solution to help individuals transition successfully back into the community. This paper will provide characteristics of individuals whom are addicted, address issues of lack of funding for treatment facilities, and discuss the necessity for recovery homes in communities as a solution to relapse prevention to help promote the well- being and success of individuals following inpatient drug treatment or during out- patient drug treatment.
Surprisingly, there is no universally accepted definition of addiction (Doweiko, 2012). Individuals may use chemicals or engage in behaviors to cope with emotional or physical pain, explore alternative realities within and in the world around them. Some individuals who are not happy with the reality in which they live seek comfort in the euphoria they experience using various chemicals and before one knows it they are in bondage to the world by way of addiction. These people can include and be anyone, even the doctor prescribing the medication.
To avoid the experience of withdrawal which is not only a physical experience but a...