Although many definitions exist, my definition of recovery includes the following characteristics:
1. All mind-altering addictions are given up. Often, an addict will simply trade addictions and call this recovery. If someone is addicted to one mind-altering drug, she/he will be addicted to all mind-altering drugs, legal or illegal.
2. The addict no longer uses the past as an excuse for today. Anything that happened in the past can be the springboard for growth by the beautiful experience of forgiveness.
3. The addict has balance in his/her life to include physical health, mental health, emotional health and spiritual growth.
4. In learning to get healthier, the addict will learn “one day at a time” but with continued growth, he/she will learn to take a longer view of the future and get in touch with his/her hopes and dreams.
5. The twelve steps are essential for turning a negative direction into a spiritual direction. However, the balance comes from not allowing the group to be another addiction used to avoid family and friends.
“The closest thing to a cure for most forms of serious psychological suffering is a permanent change in the way one conducts one’s life–and the changes in feeling and self-concept that occur as part of that process.” Tom Rusk
The most effective way to cure substance abuse is by enrolling in a drug rehabilitation program. Rehab centers have the facilities, detoxification medicines, tools as well as professionals who can steer addicts into the path of recovery.
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