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What is Recovery?
The Dictionary Definition states that the meaning of Recovery is: to return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength and the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.
“Embrace the Symptoms of Addiction - and Recovery as a Doorway to Freedom”
When you’re struggling with addiction and mental health-related issues, it can seem an impossible goal to achieve recovery. Recovery is never out of reach, no matter how hopeless or desperate your situation seems. Change is possible with the right treatment and support, and by addressing the root cause of your addiction. The road to recovery often involves bumps, pitfalls, and setbacks. But by examining the problem and thinking about change, you’re already on your way.
Consequences and progression of addiction: Addiction is a progressive disease. It's never easy to quit. But if you've already suffered negative consequences and don't want them to get worse, there's never a better time to quit than now.
"Alone No More"...Many people have overcome addiction and are now enjoying a better life. It can be done. You too can do it.
If you can’t "Change", your clean date will change... Ask yourself this: will more lying, more isolating, and more of the same make you feel better? The expression in AA is – nothing changes if nothing changes. If you don't change your life, then why would this time be any different? You need to create a new life where it's easier to not use.
Honesty is a “Must”. You must be one-hundred percent completely honest with the people who are your supports: your family, your doctor, your therapist, the people in your 12 step group, and your sponsor. If you can't be completely honest with them, you won't do well in recovery.
When you're completely honest, you don't give your addiction room to hide. When you lie, you leave the door open to relapse.
One mistake people make in the early stages of recovery is they think that honesty means being honest about other people. They think they should share what's "wrong" with other people. But recovery isn't about fixing other people. It's about fixing yourself. Stick with your own recovery. Focusing on what you don't like about others is easy because it deflects attention from yourself.
Honesty won't come naturally in the beginning. You've spent so much time learning how to lie that telling the truth, no matter how good it is for you, won't feel natural. You'll have to practice telling the truth a few hundred times before it comes a little easier. In the beginning, you'll have to stop yourself as you're telling a story, and say, "Now that I think about it, it was more like this".
Recovery Checklist - list of important goals for your first year of recovery. Use it as a reminder and to help you stay on track in the days and months ahead:
12 Step Groups – Recovery Website
• Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
• Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
• Al-Anon.org For family members of addicts.
• Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
• Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA) (
• Dual Recovery Anonymous (UK): A 12-Step Program for those with a dual diagnosis
• Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
• Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
• Nar-Anon For family members of addicts.
• XA Speakers :A collection of recordings from speaker meetings, conventions and workshops of 12-step groups.
• 12 Steps Resources for all 12 step programs. It contains an in-depth discussion and forum on the 12 steps.
• 12 Step Treatment Centers: A list of 12 Step treatment centers around the world.