Recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is now widely recognised as a journey that takes place over time and in a multitude of ways that reflect personal circumstances, supports and resources. The public dialogue about alcohol and drug addiction centres on the problem addiction poses to society. However, to successfully solve the problem of addiction, we need to discuss and acknowledge the importance of treatment and recovery. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing condition, yet people can and do recover. Until recently, we had relatively little evidence that could clearly indicate the benefits of recovery financially, physically, relationally or mentally.
The Australian ‘Life in Recovery’ Survey is the first survey of its kind that has evidenced these benefits. It has confirmed many things anecdotally assumed about the crippling effects of addiction and the transformative impact of recovery from addiction.