What Is Recovery?

What Does It Mean to Be in Recovery | Impact of Being in Recovery

What Is Recovery?

You have probably heard people talk about Recovery in relation to drug or alcohol addiction. But what is Recovery?

“Recovery” can mean different things to different people. In general, it is used to talk about the period after you begin treatment for addiction. It signifies an attempt to move past addiction and into the next phase.

Recovery is a powerful period because beyond everything else, it signifies that you know you have a problem and you are trying to fix it. Recovery does not mean you fix your issues right away. It means you recognize something is wrong, which is a critical part of getting help.

What Being in Recovery Means

When someone says they are “in Recovery,” they usually mean they are receiving treatment for their drug or alcohol addiction. Recovery covers a lot of territory. Many people use “Recovery” as synonymous with “in remission.”

As long as you are in Recovery, you are not actively suffering from the disease, though it may still impact you in many ways. People can stay in Recovery for their entire lives because there is no “cure” for addiction. There is only treatment. While you can sustain treatment for a long time, you can’t take a pill that magically ends your addiction.

Recovery is an active phase. When you are in Recovery, you do everything you can to push through it.

The Impact of Being in Recovery

Being in Recovery is a challenge every day. You have to make choices that uphold your sobriety, which takes concentration and determination. Holding onto that each day can feel a daunting challenge.

But Recovery also means taking one day at a time. Early in Recovery, it may even mean taking an hour or a minute at a time. Recovery is a process, and you have to experience it deeply to appreciate its meaning.

When you are in Recovery, you:

  • Feel a kinship to those who are also in Recovery
  • Make decisions how it could impact your Recovery
  • Adjust friendships and relationships how they could affect Recovery
  • Never let down your guard

There is no part of your life that Recovery will not touch. Your Recovery is a daily reminder to appreciate what you have.

You may find that sharing time with others in Recovery and talking to them about their experiences can soothe you and ignite empathy that you can also give to yourself.

It’s important to treat yourself kindly and generously while you are in Recovery, for as long as it may last.

How 7 Summit Pathways Can Help

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, take the first step toward getting help. The sooner you get on the path to Recovery, the better.

At 7 Summit Pathways, we offer highly individualized, personalized treatment plans and holistic therapies for long-term Recovery. Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment.

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Have you ever heard someone talk about Recovery Month and wondered what it was? Recovery Month is an annual event sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It’s designed to help Americans learn about addiction treatment and mental health services and how they can help people lead healthier lives.

When is Recovery Month? It’s held every September to honor the people who have made gains in Recovery and celebrate their dedication and improvements. Recovery Month can be a great way for people recovering from addiction to share their journey with others.

The Importance of Recovery Month

Recovery Month recognizes how difficult it can be to get help, and applauds the efforts made to fight a serious illness. The founders of Recovery Month compare addiction to other diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Managing this condition can be difficult, and that’s why success stories should be honored.

This event also works to is de-stigmatize addiction. Many people feel embarrassed or ashamed of past drug or alcohol addiction. The more that family and friends understand this disease, the less stigma it carries. Recovery Month encourages visibility for those who have tackled their addiction.

Recovery Month shows others who may be struggling with addiction that Recovery is possible. It may even inspire someone to get help. Seeing others who have felt the same way and have moved on in their lives could be the spark a person needs to get treatment.

Ideas for Recovery Month Activities

Recovery Month activities can bring together the community and allow those in Recovery to demonstrate that they are just others, helping de-stigmatize the disease. By uniting those who have struggled with addiction with others who may have questions, people can learn more about the disease and what it means to fight it.

Here are four Recovery Month activities you can try:

  • Host a Recovery Month walk or run: Choose a short distance and have small prizes for everyone who finishes, emphasizing the importance of seeing your journey through in a race, just as in Recovery.
  • Put on a Recovery Month open house: Agencies or organizations that work with people in the community can sponsor an open house where people share their testimony about Recovery and how it has aided them.
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