What Does It Mean to Be in Recovery from Addiction?

When someone says they are “in recovery,” it usually means that they are being treated for their drug or alcohol addiction. Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and well-being, live self-directed lives, and strive to achieve their full potential. It is more than just being in remission from addiction; it is about taking the tools and skills learned during treatment to become a healthier person, a better spouse and parent, a productive member of society, and a good neighbor and citizen. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 provides support and treatment centers in your area.

For more mental health resources, see our National Helpline Database. The clinical goal of addiction treatment must go beyond encouraging the reduction of substance use to improve personal and social health. Recovery from addiction is a journey that requires dedication and hard work. It is not easy, but it is possible.

With the right support, guidance, and resources, anyone can achieve recovery from addiction. With the right attitude and commitment, you can make a positive difference in your life and the lives of those around you.

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Ginger Baney

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