Simply put, Recovery refers to the achievement and maintenance from the bondage of substance abuse. Most of us came to realize that we were faced with a lifelong chronic disease, for which there seemingly was no hope of recovery from. Countless times we swore off our addictions- only to find ourselves right back where we started with little understanding of how. Recovery provides the hope that with commitment and action to the program, we too can recover from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body, for which we once thought we were forever doomed.
Recovery starts simply with the realization that our substance abuse has caused our lives to become unmanageable, to the extent that we needed an outside source of help to recover. For many of us, this journey began with a phone call to a treatment center for admission.
As we had come to experience time and again, once the first substance entered our bodies, we seemingly lost the ability of choice in the matter to keep using or not. Only when the substance has been completely removed from our systems could the process of Recovery truly begin.
“We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are countless men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body”.
-Alcoholics Anonymous, Basic Text
As the substances were removed from our bodies and the fog began to lift from our minds, we could begin the process of working on ourselves in the safe environment of a treatment center. This often began with the simple realization that we are not alone – that countless people suffer from the disease of addiction and alcoholism.
And much like any other chronic fatal disease, education on the various treatment options was of vital importance. We could begin to work on our character defects that had led to so many of our problems. We could begin to identify the trigger mechanisms that had led to our continuous failure at achieving and maintaining sobriety previously.
Recovery, much like alcoholism and addiction, is a lifelong process. Treatment provides the vital introduction to the various twelve-step fellowships that provide the roadmap to successful long-term sobriety and freedom from mental obsession. The fellowships provide us with the opportunity to build lifelong mutual support groups with those suffering from those just like us. The fellowship also provides an introduction to potential sponsors.
Sponsors are those who have achieved long-term recovery and are willing to guide a newcomer through the steps. With this guidance, the journey to long lasting recovery can occur. The fellowship also provides daily round the clock meetings, where one can gather for daily peer support.
Active alcoholism and addiction, with time, slowly destroys every aspect of the users life until they enter a “seemingly hopeless state of mind and body”. While addiction is a chronic lifelong disease for which there is no cure, Recovery provides a lifelong remission from the pain of addiction.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.