Recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life. Recovery is more than just the absence of use. Recovery is reflected in personal growth, improved lifestyle, and more fulfilling relationships.
Addiction is a disease and just like any other chronic illness, it is possible to sustain lifelong recovery. Recovery from addiction may occur in many ways as people experience recovery in different ways. Some individuals may enter recovery with the assistance of self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Self-help groups are mutual aid groups or recovery support that include 12-step programs, support groups, and peer groups that meet on a regular basis. Some individuals will need to enter a formal treatment program, which may be of an inpatient or outpatient level of care to successfully initiate lifelong recovery. Recovery may be started within a treatment setting, but recovery is an ongoing process that will need to be sustained within the home and community setting.
A new direction currently being supported is called Recovery Oriented Systems of Care. Recovery oriented systems support a person-centered and self-directed approach to care that build on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families, and communities to take responsibility for their sustained health, wellness, and recovery from alcohol and drug problems.
For additional information on recovery, please visit www.bharp.org/recovery