By Annmarie Timmins
When Ryan Fowler, a recovery specialist in long-term recovery at Granite Pathways in Manchester, lost a friend to an overdose death last year, he was encouraged to take time off to grieve and got a card of support from co-workers when he returned.
At his prior recovery jobs, Fowler would have kept his loss hidden, he said, because that support wasn’t there. “Because I’ve had such great support (at Granite Pathways), my job is a strength for my recovery,” Fowler said.
An estimated 30 percent to 50 percent of addiction professionals are in long-term recovery themselves, said Dr. Dorothy Saxon Greene of East Tennessee State University, who studied this population in 2014. She found a 14.4 percent relapse rate but two prior studies found a 38 percent relapse rate.
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