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Many prescription pain medications carry the risk of developing physical dependency. In some cases, the use of these medications can result in addiction and substance use disorder, especially when misused. Luckily, substance use disorder and addiction are treatable. Treatment and recovery are never easy, and the process is a lifelong undertaking. But once people are able to access and engage in primary treatment and connect with recovery support services, they can achieve and sustain long-term recovery and become productive contributing members of their community. We acknowledge and celebrate the strength and success of the thousands of Ohioans who are currently living in long-term recovery.
Recovery is defined as “The personal process of change in which Ohio residents strive to improve their health and wellness, resiliency, and reach their full potential through self-directed actions.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:
Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and, for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.
Having a stable and safe place to live is critical for those working toward recovery. Destructive living environments can derail recovery for even highly motivated individuals, which is why it’s essential to live in an environment that supports positive change.
Having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope are essential. Recovery from substance abuse cannot be done in isolation, particularly during the early stages.
Conducting meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school volunteerism, family care-taking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
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