At a time of unprecedented prescription drug abuse when stories play out in the media of those succumbing to addiction on a daily basis, stories of long term, uninterrupted recovery from addiction merit media attention. After all, were it not for adequately profiling cancer survivors to the public, many individuals would continue to equate a diagnosis of cancer as a death sentence.
To kick off September as National Recovery Month, Lifetime Television’s, “The Balancing Act,” aired a timely piece which underscores that people afflicted with addiction can get well, and even go on to get better than well. The segment, which can be viewed at The Balancing Act; noted that addiction recovery is not a “headline grabber”… yet. The show highlighted one of the twenty-nine inspirational stories of nurses in recovery which are featured in a recent publication, “From Unbecoming A Nurse to Overcoming Addiction.”
According to Lifetime associate producer, Gregory Fake, “Paula Davies Scimeca was invited onto “The Balancing Act” not just because she can speak about addiction, but also because she can speak in concrete terms about avoiding addiction in the first place.” He went on to say, “It’s a very important segment.”
As hope of achieving long term, uninterrupted recovery is a necessary ingredient for anyone to achieve and sustain recovery, those in the recovery community must support continued efforts to ensure that recovery success stories secure their rightful place among the other newsworthy topics featured in the media.