A key part of my role is to share the hope of positive change and recovery across the broader community. This allows me the opportunity to speak to people impacted by an addiction and their loved ones about the nature of the problem and what is required to achieve sustainable recovery.
Unfortunatly, many of these people are convinced those that overcoming an addiction to drugs and alcohol is as simple as stopping using or drinking. If only it were that easy. Most of the people accessing addiction treatment and rehab programs fail to realise that they stop drinking and drugging all the time. They'll stop, but they cant stay stopped.
The cycle of addiction is defined as a chronic relapsing condition. Most people, after a period of sobriety, they either lapse of relapse and very quickly end up right back where they were. People are baffled by this, however, the explanation is straightforward. Science and medicine tells us that when the addictive cycle is triggered the logical a part of a persons' brain is hijacked by the addiction.
So, what to do, recovery from addiction requires psychological and emotional change. It is clear that this process of change is difficult. If it had been easy, many folks would have stopped using and drinking long time ago. It is important to recognise that the method and process of change requires action. Surrounding yourself with folks that are supportive of your objective is a great idea. Without supportive people around you, positive change is even harder. Often, I say recovery from addiction is possible, action however is required to initiate and sustain change.
Plenty of things need to change to sustain recovery but slow and steady change is what works best. Sadly, sustainable recovery from addiction isn’t for those who want it and it isn't for those who need it. Sustainable recovery is achieved by the those that put the required action into their recovery plans. Without action, change is impossible.
Introducing change often brings fear: Fear of the unknown Fear of failure Fear of success etc.
I always admire those who have the courage to reach out for help. I know a bit about how hard it is to pick up the Phone. It's not easy to speak to someone about the things in your life that are not going so well. It's important that the person who you speak to has an understanding of what it's that you're experiencing.
My name is Jason Bowman and on the CEO at Addiction Solutions Victoria. We are a registered not for profit organisation I report back to a board of governance who collectively understand then addiction is a treatable condition that and sustainable recovery is achievable.
For the last 14 years i have been working in senior roles in a number of Victoria's leading private and not for profit addiction treatment clinics and recovery support services. Over that point, it's fair to mention I've literally helped many people to show their lives around which is something I'm extremely proud about. The achievement I'm proudest of in my life, however, is a personal one. I too am a person in recovery from addiction. That lived experience combined with my professional training and qualifications goes to the core of who we are at Addiction Solutions and most significantly how we operate. That lived experience allows me to very quickly develop a real emphatic relationship with the person seeking positive change or recovery. I have observed that several people seeking assistance with their challenges with drug and alcohol a combating an absence of hope their life. I have learned that hope is a transferable commodity. I have lots of hope to share. The ASV rehab at home program runs over 4 weeks and is delivered within the persons home where they feel safe and their privacy is protected.
We have found it to be an incredibly effective way of delivering an evidence-based treatment process to the individual experiencing it challenges with their addiction and that we also provide practical and emotional support to the family. We've been operating since 2015 and over that point we've helped many of us achieve significant change. We're very pleased with our success and that we are positioning ourselves in 2020 to actually establish ourselves as a crucial player within the Victorian drug and alcohol space.