More Recovery Less Rhetoric Says Government News
A national addiction to scaremongering drug rhetoric and fighting “the war on drugs” stigmatises drug addicts and reduces their chances for recovery, says a Victorian drug and alcohol researcher, in the wake of the publication of the first in-depth Australian study on what life is like for recovering addicts.
Associate Professor David Best from drug and alcohol treatment and research centre Turning Point, said that the May 2015  Australian Life In Recovery Survey, which was carried out by Turning Point and Sydney private addiction treatment clinic South Pacific Private, showed that addicts  could recover from their addiction with multiple benefits to the individual, their loved ones and to society.
The survey found that recovering addicts were more likely to keep custody of their children, hold down a job or stay in college, reconnect with their families, look after their health and refrain from driving under the influence or committing other crimes.