Curb The Crisis is dedicated to helping Virginia overcome its opioid addiction crisis. The epidemic of overuse, misuse, and overdose is causing tragic consequences for families and communities. But thousands of thriving Virginians provide evidence that recovery is possible for all.
Hope begins here.
Recovery, like life, can be a winding path, but for every curve that might seem a step back, the next step can move you forward. Whether you’re the one starting a new life in recovery or you know someone who is, you’ll find guidance in understanding the four major dimensions of recovery, as outlined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
Recovery is the beginning of many things, not just an end to using. It is a step-by-step, day-by-day process that involves new ways of thinking, both for those going through recovery and for their friends and family members. Recovery is a lifestyle as well as a choice. Some days may be harder than others, but practicing resilience — looking to peer mentors, friends, or health care providers for support — helps make it possible to take the next step on the path of recovery.
There are a number of ways to stay healthy on the ongoing journey of recovery. Remember, first, that setbacks aren’t permanent.
To avoid temptation, work with a health care team to learn how to handle situations that trigger cravings, and how to avoid such situations as much as possible. Have a plan for when temptations arise: Know which friends or programs you can contact for immediate support. Embrace that support, and focus on the steps outlined by SAMHSA to create a healthier life. Following these steps can help you find balance and fulfillment — emotional, social, occupational, financial, environmental, physical, intellectual, and spiritual — without drugs.
Recovery is a lifelong process and staying opioid-free can be challenging, but these strategies for maintaining sobriety can help.
Thousands of Virginians are living proof that recovery is possible. Watch these powerful stories about overcoming substance misuse.