Addiction vs Recovery: There's Lots More Good News than Bad

Addiction vs Recovery: There's Lots More Good News than Bad

This Thanksgiving, let's celebrate the good news in recovery. With the "opioid crisis" and "overdose deaths" in the news almost every day, you might start to think there's no good news at all about addiction and recovery.

Truth is, there's lots of good news, more than ever, in fact. You know the old saying that "Bad news 'sells'? That's the stuff that's in the big headlines. We're distracted by all the bad news, and by bad news in our lives, too. But rest assured, there's lots of good news about recovery, we just have to look a little harder for it.

Good news rules the day

Here at Novus Medical Detox Centers, we see and experience good news on a personal level every day of the week. It's encouraging, heartwarming, and often amazing.

The story is the same all over the country. People are recovering, they're getting better, they're getting their lives back.

Medical facilities like Novus specialize in detoxification - usually the vital first step in the process of recovery. Countless thousands of people a year move on from detox to rehabilitation programs. Rehab then helps countless thousands to return to their lives free from enslavement to substance use disorders.

The good news is that far, far, far more people are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction than falling victim to opioid overdose and death - something on the order of 600 times as many in any given year.

The facts are clear: People are recovering from addiction every day of the week, day in and day out, all year round.

Examples of good news

You can search the internet for something like 'addiction recovery success' and you'll find lots of good news. In every state of the Union, there's good news about recovery every day.

For example (and this is all from one page of Google News search results):

  • All across America, police departments are following the lead of the Gloucester, Mass., police department, which since 2015 has been sending drug prisoners immediately for treatment instead of the lockup. Called "the model for all police departments in America," Gloucester PD has received tons of "good news" coverage on NBC News, CBS News, NPR, and dozens of regional papers, radio and TV news.
  • Also in Massachusetts, a "good news" story in the Lowell Sun says the Middlesex Sheriff's Office has earned national Best Practices accolades for "leading the way on providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in jails." The Sheriff's treatment program, called 'MATADOR' for 'Medication-Assisted Treatment and Directed Opioid Recovery,' ensures that inmates in recovery are solidly hooked up with continuing treatment when they're released.
  • Being able to land a job plays a big role in successful recovery from addiction. Over in Ohio, three counties are piloting a new program to support employers who hire people who are in recovery. This "good news" story, in the Dayton Daily News, points out that the program helps "bridge the gap" between employers who can't find workers and workers with a history of substance use disorder.
  • The CDC says teen drug use is down a little. But kids are still getting hooked and dying of overdoses - over 700 a year. A "good news" story from in Raleigh, NC, reports that a couple whose son was expelled for illicit drug use from the local high school has decided to create a very special high school just for teens with substance use disorders. Although there are a few such schools in most states, there are zero in NC.
  • Daniela Luzi Tudor and Murphy Jensen "know all about recovering from drug and alcohol addiction - they went through it themselves," says a "good news" story on, an internet mag devoted to high-tech news. The couple teamed up four years ago to help others get through treatment using a dedicated smart-phone app they created. Now they've just received $6 million from investors to "fuel growth of research-based technology that supports those recovering from addiction."
  • We're running out of space here, yet there's so many more:
  • A Vermont staffing agency helps people recovering from substance use disorders find jobs;
  • A back-to-work program in Ohio helps jailed, opioid-addicted women become certified for a "second-chance" that's accepted by numerous employers;
  • A "recovery choir" in New Jersey has helped generations of addicts overcome addiction and turn their lives around.

And the list just goes on and on, state after state after county after city.

So let's keep our eyes on the prize - recovery. As the National Institute on Drug Abuse points out, along with everyone who works in the recovery industry, "addiction is a treatable disorder."

If you or someone you care for needs assistance with a substance use disorder of any kind, call Novus at (855) 464-8550 right away.

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