Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. -- Helen Keller
Addiction is the cause of extreme suffering for many individuals and their families. The use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol will often result in significant consequences for many Americans let alone the harm caused to our communities. With the proliferation of the electronic age there is not a lack of information or awareness with the scope of the addiction challenge.
Pharmaceutical Opioid drugs such as Oxycodone has wreaked havoc in middle income neighborhoods that at one time seemed to be exempt of such mass damage. The Crack epidemic of the 80’s and 90’s seemed to rear its ugly head in the inner cities of the country. Methamphetamine played a huge role in the South and Southwest regions of the country. But today the every region of the country seems to be impacted by this epidemic. Alcohol issues continue to play a negative role in the country as well with little signs of letting up its strangle hold on millions of Americans.
Yet with all of that said, as bleak of a picture as it may seem to be, recovery works. Millions of Americans seek treatment each year and many are successful. Mutual support and recovery groups have strengthened the access to long-term community support and fellowship. Groups that utilize the Twelve-Step process continue to grow as well as new science and psychological based groups that have emerged on the scene offering a wide variety of self-improvement options. Yes, the world of addiction is full of suffering, but the recovery process helps those afflicted to overcome it!
Dan Callahan, MSW
Dan has been a human service professional since 1983 and specializes in addiction treatment and recovery. Dan studied social sciences and received a Bachelors of Science at the University of Stony Brook and completed a Masters in Social Work program at Fordham University School of Social Welfare, New York City in 1997.
Dan is the Program Director and COO of