The public is not well-informed about addicts or the disease of addiction. It is still generally believed that if the addict would stop drinking or drugging everything would be OK. Addiction involves so much more than ingesting a substance; there are relationship issues, legal consequences, family dynamics and lifestyle choices that have contributed to manifest this mental health issue. The substance is only a symptom.
We have come together as an Addiction Recovery Network (AR Network) to educate and tell the public and answer questions about addiction and recovery. We see so much about addiction in the media and on TV, but many people have a lot of questions about sobriety, what it means and how it will change their lives. Recovery is a planned change of lifestyle designed not only to prolong life, but also make it more joyous and free. If the point of sobriety is recovery; then we can have a life with more enjoyment, better relationships, less expectations, more acceptance and tolerance.
It is our intention through public forums and private counseling to tell and educate addicts and their families and friends of the progressive nature of the disease of addiction and its resulting premature death.
The truth about addiction is that it does not discriminate based on race, status, ethnicity or religion.