People who are successful in recovery usually refer to their new lifestyle as being in ‘recovery.’ people who are focused on recovery understand that it is more than just sobriety. The fact there is no standard way to define recovery means it is really a personal thing that has common attributes with other people but is only defined by how a person decides to approach it in mind, body, and spirit.
Definition of Recovery
A working definition of recovery promotes communication, research, and understanding for people in the public. Recovery is defined as a ‘voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal health, and citizenship.’ Recovery may be the best word to summarize all the positive health benefits physically, mentally, and socially.
More Than Sobriety
Complete abstinence from alcohol and other non prescribed drugs is part of recovery. There are definitions of three levels of sobriety:
- Early – 1 to 12 months of abstinence
- Sustained – 1 to 5 years of abstinence
- Stable – more than 5 years of sobriety (lower risk of relapse)
When looking at how recovery impacts personal health and citizenship, both of these elements are key to recovery. Personal health refers not only to physical and mental health but also social health. This includes participation in family and social roles. Citizenship refers to ‘giving back’ to the community and society.
Many people are able to quit drinking or taking drugs and feel this is all that is required to achieve recovery. More is required to achieve a sustained, stable recovery from alcohol or drugs.
Other components of recovery, personal health and citizenship, affects so many different people. When a person works towards recovery, the varied components take time to feel like they stick. Working recovery is a process, not a straight line. It’s a journey that has ups and downs and takes a holistic approach. Sobriety is only one piece of the bigger puzzle. If you are open to it, you can find sobriety and recovery are great companions and are friends on the journey you find yourself on.
The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. Nature is an important component of recovery and healing. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.