What is Addiction Recovery?

This may seem like an easy question to answer, and for many it is simple.  What is not easy is deciding on a single definition that meets everyone’s thoughts and ideas about what addiction recovery is to them.  If you put 20 addicts and alcoholics in a room and asked all 20 what addiction recovery was, you would find that you had 20 separate and distinct definitions, and none of them would be wrong.  Recovery means something different to all of us.  We have our own experiences and each is unique on our recovery journey.

Looking through the many definitions of recovery we can get the idea that recovery is returning to an original state, a gradual healing, or the act of regaining something that was lost.  Those are ideas that can be expanded and many addicts would disagree with them as they relate to their own thoughts of recovery.  Recovery could be a place or a state of mind.  There are spiritual thoughts of recovery or being rocketed into the 4th dimension.  All of that is attached to what we call recovery and how we describe it to others.

Recovery can also evolve as the person recovering matures on their journey.  What recovery meant to them on day one can mean something completely different on year 20.  Recovery has many faces, personalities and backgrounds.  What you will find here is a discussion and a place we can join to see into what we can provide each other in our own experience, strength and hope.  We will explore recovery together and along the way talk about it from our own perspective.  When asked, “What is recovery?”  How do you answer?


~ by Christopher Kennedy Lawford on June 1, 2010.

3 Responses to “What is Addiction Recovery?”

  1. I quit drinking 20 years ago. When my children started having kids. I was so afraid I wouldn’t be able to see them because of my drinking, I quit. No AA, no meetings no nothing.Just quit. Scary enough for me? It wasn’t all that hard.And I could really drink with the best of them. But I don’t call it recovery..I call it quits.

  2. recovery….reprieve and opportunity….two things my life was missing for quite some time…accountability…..acceptance….I can take accountability…it’s o.k. today It’s ok….I was never “o.k.” or I wouldn’t have numbed myself in the first place. Forgiveness…big one for me.!

  3. The Harsh Reality of Drug Addiction richardmclaughlin007 — January 18, 2009 — after 11 months of sobriety from drug addiction, in 7 short days this man hits the depths of despair and insanity.

    This video was shot in Vancouvers downtown eastside by the narrator it is quite extreme, It shows how common place and and readily available drugs are and how people can succomb to a extreme physical reaction from lack of sleep, nutrition and dehydration. This video was made for many different reasons, one being educational the other as mentioned earlier it’s common place here in Vancouver, in any other city or town in North America this man would have recieved immediate medical attention but here in Vancouver both the police and ambulance just drive by. If you do not belive me come on down and see our little human circus slash “HARM REDUCTION EXPERIMENT”
    This man was spotted two hours later sleeping on a concrete curb as his pillow.
    Both the narrator and producer of this video have had spent many years struggling with addiction and have spent hard time in Vancouvers “NOTORIOUS” downtown eastside.
    Today they have escaped and are clean and sober and now dedicate there lives to those who still suffer from “THE HARSH REALITY OF ADDICTION”

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