I recently read some information provided by a treatment facility in the South that stated non-12 step treatment modalities were more effective than traditional 12 step treatment programs. Unfortunately, misinformation like this abounds on the internet. While it is true some studies have called 12 step treatment programs into question, the majority of research overwhelmingly affirms the effectiveness of 12 step recovery programs.
According to data compiled by the Daily Beast, Nashville is one of the premiere cities for recovery in the United States. As someone who has been involved in the Middle Tennessee recovery community for awhile now, I'm not surprised. The article even goes as far as calling us the "soberest city in the US!"
Find out where your state ranks with the America in Addiction infographic. Using data from SAMHSA studies, each state is given a rank with regards to alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, pain killer and cigarette use.
I've spent hundreds of hours combing the internet for incredible, recovery-related articles. Recently, I stumbled across a jewel admist the junk. Bill White, preeminent addiction researcher, wrote an article concerning "Precovery." Before you dismiss this term as medical mumbo-jumbo, know that Mr. White believes unpacking this addiction stage through evidence-based studies possesses the potential to trim painful "bottoms" experienced by alcoholics and drug addicts.
As is the case with countless others, my own opiate odyssey began as a teen after my wisdom teeth were removed. At least, that’s the first time I can presently recall taking more pain medication than prescribed and thoroughly enjoying the experience. (Actually, that characterization only begins to describe my early affection for opiates, which the addict in me felt sure represented the elixir for all my ills from shyness and inhibition to depression.)