What is Recovery?

You often hear people who have overcome their dependence or addiction to drugs and alcohol say that they are in recovery or have recovered. But do you know what they mean when they say it? Recovery isn’t exactly a complex term but in the context of drug or alcohol addiction–recovery means much more than just sobriety. Recovery is a term that defines not only the physical and mental aspects of an addict alcoholic but also the spiritual as well tangible life aspects as well.

So what is recovery?

  • Recovery is selflessness. It is no longer seeing the what the world can offer you but what you can offer the world.
  • Recovery is freedom. Recovery means no longer fighting against drug addiction but being completely free of it.
  • Recovery is being honest. No longer playing those drug addict games where you lie and steal and hurt people.
  • Recovery is helping people. Helping others is a keystone to staying sober.
  • What is recovery? Recovery is the beginning of understanding your purpose on this earth.
  • Recovery is being able to sit with yourself–alone–in peace and quiet.
  • Recovery is the release of guilt and shame. You no longer carry around the heavy burden of what you were or what you had or have done.
  • Recovery is the forgiveness of others as well as yourself. You can forgive the people who may have hurt you and in turn can forgive yourself for what you have done.
  • Recovery is living by spiritual principles. You know? The principles like do unto others as you would them do unto you kinda thing.
  • Recovery is being a good person even when no one is watching–having integrity.
  • Recovery is sobriety. No longer drinking or using drugs.
  • Recovery is being able to look at yourself in the mirror.
  • Recovery is healthy eating and healthy living. It is caring about yourself and your health.
  • Recovery is altruism. It is giving without expecting anything in return.
  • Recovery is healing families. Through finding recovery addicts and their families are reunited and often stronger than ever. They usually find their bond is much more tight after going through what they have gone through.
  • Recovery is courage. It isn’t easy to let go of drugs and alcohol. It isn’t always easy to leave your family or friends and go to treatment or detox. It is scary. It is changing your entire life which takes courage.
  • Recovery is open-mindedness. Recovery means letting go of what you think know and realizing that you don’t. Being teachable.

Recovery is peace, happiness, joy, love and so many other awesome things. Recovery when you find it will be one of the most amazing experiences you have ever had in your life. You will wonder why you didn’t think to get sober and recover before now. It really is all it’s cracked up to be and more. Recovery doesn’t come easy though but it is simple to find. You just have to make the decision that you want to change. After that, you can find out what all the hype is really about.


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