The conversation with a parent concerning the overdose death of their child is one of the hardest things I have ever done or will ever do, and would hope to never do again, but if nothing changes, there will be far too many more.
Addiction is as old as humanity, as early as 3500 B.C. the Egyptians wrote about alcoholism, and stories of intoxication through the ages are legion. In the last century the United States added the 18th Amendment to the Constitution leading to the failed “Noble Experiment”, prohibition 1920-1933. Additionally, since 1971 over a Trillion dollars has been spent on a war on drugs. Yet according to the Center for Disease Control death from drug overdoses continue to climb. In 2017 72,287 died, 198 per day, nearly 1 every 7 minutes on average, and this does not reflect the 10’s of thousands dying of other addiction related causes and illness and since people who die of an overdose go quietly this epidemic continues to grow unabated and under reported.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported 3.8 million people sought help for addiction in America in 2016 out of the 21 million (1 in 13 above the age of 12) who meet the criterion for Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Utilizing these numbers roughly 18% of those needing help received any. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act the Addiction Treatment Industry (which accounted for 2.2 million of the 3.8 million receiving help) has grown to over 14,000 treatment facilities nationwide treating alcohol and drug abuse, yet despite this growth today in America the #1 killer of adults under 50, according to the Department of Justice, is addiction. More are dying and suffering today than ever before despite billions spent on education, a failed trillion dollar+ war on drugs, new recovery modalities, the Fellowships of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous as currently practiced and the staggering growth in the Addiction Treatment Industry.
Freedom from addiction is not, and never has been, one size fits all and today more paths of recovery are available than ever before. Decades of experience clearly demonstrates though that without immersion in a community of like minded individuals, who have personal experience within their chosen path of recovery, dealing with life’s inevitable difficulties, challenges, and successes free of intoxicants and addictive behavior, openly and honestly sharing their triumphs and struggles, sustainable healthy long-term recovery, as the current death and relapse rates attest, is elusive.
Miracles Of Recovery is for everyone who suffers from addiction as well as those who love and care about them. Participating in recovery and getting long term support using mobile devices, Smart Screen TV’s, computers, and Virtual Reality as that platform evolves is the future and to stop the current negative treatment spiral must be embraced.
Nothing changes, if nothing changes.
If you have lost someone to addiction and are tired of feeling powerless or are in recovery yourself and see the need for change, please donate and add your voice to help me remove the stigma of addiction, build bridges to the future and turn the current increasing tide of tragedy, suffering and death to one of joy, freedom and life. Your help and support will save lives.
With the steady increase in young people seeking help who are being poorly served by the current recovery communities, treatment modalities which abruptly stop due to Health Care Providers often arbitrary coverage guidelines, the current appalling lack of any real aftercare which has led to today’s unacceptably high relapse/overdose rates, and the increasing incidences of permanent mental illness from Synthetic Marijuana, Spice, Bath Salts and Crystal Meth, it is past time to act, to modernize the current recovery paradigm, to help all who suffer as well as those who love and care about them, to make sustainable long term healthy recovery real, affordable and available for the millions longing to be free of addiction.
Silk sheets or city streets, Park Avenue or park bench, addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives.
My name is Vincent Lee Jones and I have been in recovery since September 1985. My professional career began when I was nearly 20 years in recovery and was asked to work pro bono with at risk students at Huntington Beach High School. At the time I had developed a reputation within the at large recovery community as an effective communicator and was known to some of the faculty. After the death of two students from prescription drugs I was asked to start working with at risk students, which I did for nearly 5 years. Word of mouth lead to offers of compensated freelance Facilitator and Director positions with numerous local treatment facilities in the ensuing years.
As a retired Building Contractor/Designer, working in conjunction with a treatment facility, I created a construction program utilizing a workforce comprised almost exclusively of people new or returning to recovery, helping them to not only learn a trade and start making a living but since many of them had relapsed numerous times, to begin truly building a foundation with real aftercare to live free of active addiction. This program changed many lives.
In my 30+ years in recovery I have worked with thousands of individuals from all walks of life, teenagers to the retired, famous to infamous, prosperous to those living hand to mouth, adamant atheists to those embracing strong Religious beliefs; suffering from all manner of intoxicant and behavior-based addictions as well as those who love and care about them, both as a member in recovery Fellowships and as a treatment professional. I can be contacted at 714-366-1725.
Recovery is not one size fits all and is as much art as science. This new approach utilizes all the current tools and paths of recovery, while creating and providing sustainable new platforms for real world and cyber world engagement with recovery communities and professionals. Creating real long-term aftercare that currently does not exist, as well as providing help and support for those who have loved ones in recovery or need help as well as those who have tragically lost a loved one to addiction. Additionally, providing innovative income streams beyond Healthcare Providers and Government to make it all work.
This amazing program is your road-map to abundance and success in life and recovery.
People with substance use issues are some of the most resourceful and capable people on the planet. Freedom 365™ aims to redirect self-destructive behaviors and refocus that energy on life-improving behaviors. When your life is firing on all cylinders, it’s easy to leave pain and misery substance use brings in the past. To this end, the Freedom 365 Virtual Recovery System™ loads your recovery tool chest with everything you need to succeed both in life AND in your quest to leave substance use behind.
By simply following this system, we promise a rewarding journey that will lead to greater fulfillment in all areas of your life.
I am compiling stories of both the heart break of addiction and success. Please share your story with me. We are all in this together, and it will take all of us to change the current failed approach to recovery as well as testimony that a life free of addiction is indeed possible.