Recovery Is Key (by Karina Hunt)

Recovery Is the Key

My name is Karina H., and this term as a WRT. 122 student, I chose to focus my writings on a combination of themes; Family Services and Health and Wellness. Having personally experienced the disparities of addiction, I know that an important key to prevention is knowledge of the dark places drug and alcohol addiction can (and will) eventually lead to.  I feel that it is extremely important to inform the youth, at a mature age, of the negatives of addiction in order to discourage the initial experimentation phase.   The question I researched for my culminating project is; With leading causes of addiction beginning at increasingly younger ages, what avenues are there for prevention?

Part 1:                        Articles for Research

DeBeck, Kora, et al. “Risk Factors For Progression To Regular Injection Drug Use Among Street-Involved Youth In A Canadian Setting.” Drug & Alcohol Dependence 133.2 (2013): 468-472. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 Nov. 2013

This article presents shocking statistics of intravenous drug use among youth.  It showcases the rate of progression of the youths drug use, from experimentation, to casual use, to daily users.  It highlights the fact the youth that is closely affiliated with “the streets” are more likely to experiment with intravenous drug use, but on the other hand, notes that there is little attention given to the preluding factors of the initial use.  If more time and energy were spent on both preventative measures, and those to heal and address some overwhelmingly traumatizing experiences, which in turn could help stop the progression of drug addiction, less of the nation’s youth, families, and communities, would have to spend additional time, energy, and funding, on corrective measures such as rehabilitation, incarceration, and costly inpatient facility treatment.

Friedman, JerryLight, AnitaDeSantis, Cari. “Stopping the Spiral.” Policy & Practice (19426828) 71.4 (2013): 8. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.

“Stopping the Spiral” provides readers an inside look at what CYF Services(Children, Youth, & Family) are working to improve  in order to strengthen their effectiveness when dealing with, problems of the youths increased usage/involvement of drugs and or alcohol, and in the lives of both the communities and families they serve.  I believe these non-profit organizations are a great place to start the early prevention of youth experimenting and regularly using drugs & alcohol.  Where they know there is need, they can help. However, in order to know there is need, the community needs to reach out to the CYF services with genuine concern for the well-being of all involved.


Kenkel, Donald, Alan D. Mathios, and Rosalie L. Pacula. “Economics Of Youth Drug Use, Addiction And Gateway Effects.” Addiction 96.1 (2001): 151-164. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.

This article highlights the rise of drug use among youth’s during 1990’s in correlation to the economic times. To summarize, the article states in order to effectively reduce the trend, it is vital to understand the factors that lead to drug use and abuse to begin with.  It begins by overviewing the rising and harmful consequences that alcohol and drug use can have; including both immediate and long term consequences: for example, addiction, liver cirrhosis, loss of memory function, and lower educational attainment.  “Economists bring unique and useful perspectives to the understanding of substance use formation and abuse prevention. Other social scientists see adolescent decisions about smoking, drinking and drug use as examples of problem behavior in the general context of psychosocial development (sect.3).”

Part 2:                        Public Writing

Letter of Recognition: Portland Metro Treatment Center

Dear: Clinic Manager, Counselors, and Staff;

As a woman of integrity, active in recovery, I understand that lack of preventative measures can be a deal breaker when talking about addiction. However, I also understand that when an active addict reaches out for help, to the team at PMTC, it can help ensure their recovery journey to be informative, resourceful, and beneficial in many ways; it was definitely the solution I had been seeking.

The staff at PMTC has helped make my own, and many other recovering addicts, recovery experience pleasurable.  The counselors and staff do a great job connecting to the clients, expressing a genuine concern to their personal lives and society as a whole.

The peer support sessions, that may or may not include arts and crafts, have proven beneficial to myself in the past;  And I would encourage the program to try and incorporate these sessions, either required program criteria or not, at least twice a month (given finances allow).  These group projects allow clients an avenue to let down their internal restrictions, give and receive valuable, ‘tried and true’ advice, and make connections they may not otherwise have.  Another possible way to keep continued success growing may be to require informational groups or one-on-one sessions with counselors to include DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Sessions.

Again, I am extremely thankful and grateful for the new and improved quality of life I have today, thanks in part to my counselor Kathie, and the entire team at PMTC.  Through collaboration, dedication, hard work, and a little tough love where it is needed; myself (and countless other addicts) have another chance to live the beautiful and plentiful life my creator intended me to live!  Keep up all the hard work, PMTC!  Your hard work shines through myself and the other addicts you have helped to realize their potential.

Thank you again,


Karina : )




Authors Note:                        Throughout this writing class, its required readings, my volunteer hours, and my own path of recovery, I have learned to become the person that I know I can and have dreamt of being.  This of course requires hard work, determination, and dedication to the big picture, but can now realize that it will all have been worth it in the end.



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