Recovery Plus: save time, save lives
"80 million people have a family member with
alcoholism, married a person with alcoholism
or grew up with alcoholic parents" ~ Rebecca
Flood wants to stop generational addiction.
These innocent beings are at a higher risk for
anxiety, suicide, school failure and crime; they
are eight times more likely to develop chemical
dependency in their lifetime. As a nation, we are
failing to help these high-risk children. Instead,
we are spending £105,000 per child to incarcerate
them which, in turn, prevents them from living a
life filled with joy and recovery.
It costs £65,000 to imprison a person in the UK
once police, court costs and all other steps
are counted (www.fpe.org.uk/the-cost-of-prisons).
It costs a further £40,000 for each year they
spend incarcerated. If the growth in the prison
population is not reversed, more prisons will
have to be built, at huge expense. This is without
accounting for the effect on the economy of
having another person in the working population,
contributing to taxes rather than draining them.
Generational addiction is not a new concept.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse,
80million people have a family member with
alcoholism, married a person with alcoholism, or
grew up with alcoholic parents. The only way to
stop generational addiction is to heal women.
When women heal, generations heal. We must
treat women and children first as they are the
main source for human life. Imagine this: if we
treated and educated every women suffering
from alcoholism and chemical dependency
before the age of 21, we would have a decrease
of homelessness, crime, poverty, intellectual
disabilities, and less children in the foster care
and prison systems. We would have healthy
families not broken ones. We would have lovers
not fighters. We would have over £$1billion to
improve our schools and communities rather
than on high-risk children.
It’s time to reconverge. It’s time to unite to solve
our problems. It’s time to figure out how not
to derail what we have, while we create what’s
needed to be. Everyone has the right to the best
possible care – for any disease they suffer from.
We have the ability to heal our nation and create
the world that we want: a world that’s happy,
healthy, joyous and full of abundance.
Those of us who are heading toward resting
and sitting in rocking chairs need to leave our
lives in good stead for our children and our
grandchildren. It is up to us. And it is up to us
to teach them how to do this together. We
have the ability to heal this epidemic all over
the world and have a different day. Let the
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About the author
Rebecca Flood MHS, LCADC,
NCACII, BRI II is immediate
past president of AIS, the
Association of Intervention
Specialists and sits on the
board of NAATP, the National
Association of Addiction
Treatment Providers. She is
CEO of New Directions for
Women, headquartered in
Los Angeles and working
In her nearly four decades of
experience in the health care
industry, she has demonstrated
expertise in programme
and evaluation, starting when
she was with Seabrook House
in New Jersey for over 25 years,
becoming its vice president of
She is a Licensed Alcohol and
Drug Counselor (LCADC), a
Nationally Certified Drug &
Alcohol Counselor (NCAC II)
and is certified as a Drug &
Alcohol Counselor (CADC II).