Today is a follow up for Mental Health Awareness Month.  Today’s word is Addiction Recovery. Here is today’s quote, “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”  Twenty million adults ages 12 and older battled substance abuse disorder in 2017.

Seventy-four percent struggle with alcohol.  Thirty-eight percent battled illicit drug use.  One in eight adults struggled with both alcohol and drugs.  Seven hundred and forty billion dollars was lost production, health care, and crime.  The sad part is the relapse rate is 40-60%. The positive thing is that there are a lot of people who go and put the work in, clean themselves up and go on to lead healthy lives.  

After all, recovery is very hard, but regret is harder.  I know when I had anxiety and depression I reached out to family, friends, therapy, and support groups.  It’s out there, it’s free, you don’t need money or an excuse. No matter what type of abuse it is, in every city and every town you can find help.  

Remember, life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.  That is what HowieDoinIt is all about is resiliency.

Watch today’s video to learn more about how you can become more resilient.  

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