September is National Recovery Month. The observance began in 1989 as Treatment Works and has grown to a national recognition of the successes made by those seeking treatment as well as those providing treatment. SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) has done a fantastic job promoting the gains made in the treatment of addiction while encouraging the expansion of services and availability of treatment.
For me, 1989 was a ground-breaking year as well. I gave birth to my first child, Farrah, and my husband, Dr. Morteza Khaleghi, and I founded Creative Care. In starting Creative Care it was our desire to humanize and individualize addiction treatment. We knew we could help people by working with them to connect the dots between their emotional life and their addiction.
Recovery is possible and treatment works. This message is delivered in our new book The Anatomy of Addiction, Recognizing The Triggers Standing In The Way of Recovery. We have worked with addicts for almost 22 years and we have found that one of the most essential keys to recovery is first understanding how addiction developed.