Calie Brown on Addiction Recovery

Recovery from addiction is a lifelong journey A lot of people don't understand addiction, especially if you haven't experienced it

So that's where the stigmatization comes in, that "you're choosing to do this," "you're choosing to live your life like this," "why can't you just stop?" And I think that that lies with being uneducated, not a lot of advocacy in the community for addiction, and just an overall misunderstanding of what addiction is Recovery is the ultimate goal, and it's just, you know, there's no universal way to go about it There's no universal answer There's no, you know, book, manual that we can throw at someone and say, "if you do this, you will have success" An individual has to come to terms with where they're at in their life, how it's affecting their life, and proactively trying to change that

It's just a continuum of care, I mean, from the start to finish You were there for that person You're kind of their go-to, and I've always looked at it as that it should coincide with mental health because you're treating an underlying issue, but then you have more issues to address You know, when they're afraid to admit that they have a problem They're afraid to seek out help

They don't know how to change They don't know there's light at the end of the tunnel, and that's what we're here for We're here to advocate for that and to help through that process Everybody deserves a chance, and the more people that we have as advocates and for addiction counseling and mental health counseling the more we're going to achieve, and the better this world will be

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