Report on addiction recovery renews call for treatment options

published on June 13, 2017 by Simon Little and Michelle Morton in Global News

Drug and alcohol addiction recovery advocates are calling for swift provincial action, based on the findings of a new survey into drug treatment.

The Life in Recovery from Addiction in Canada survey, released late last month by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and National Recovery Advisory Committee, found more than half of Canadians who go through drug and alcohol recovery programs don’t relapse after their treatment.

BC Recovery Council Chair Marshall Smith said the results show the need for the new provincial government to step up with more support for recovery programs.

“[B.C. needs] to get serious about those conversations, to pull together the recovery community, medical experts, researchers. This is not the time for ideology or partisan politics or viewpoints. We need all viewpoints at the table.”

The report found 51.2 per cent of addicts achieved recovery without experiencing a single relapse, while more than 90 per cent reported a major improvement in their quality of life.

That factor, the desire for a better quality of life, also led the reasons why people chose to seek out recovery, followed by mental or emotional health, family and relationships, and physical health.

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