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New Recovery Program Shows Users Are More Likely To Stay Sober if They Help Others

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — New research and a new treatment plan show that those recovering from substance abuse find meaning in life by helping others.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says relapse rates among drug addicts or alcoholics are the same as the relapse rates for chronic medical illnesses. With that in mind, the Recovery Centers of America has unveiled a new program focused on inspiring hope and putting new energy into the lives of those in recovery.

“An individual finds it very difficult to deal with emotion,” said Scott Weisenberger, Vice President of Clinical Services for RCA. “Because they’re having a bad day, go get high or drunk, ‘my wife yells at me, I’m gonna get drunk.’ So the substance becomes the answer for any negative situation or emotion.”

He says the new program is called PRISE, “Promoting Recovery through Intensive Support and Education.” He says part of it focuses on helping others.

See the full article on KYW Newsradio here.

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