What Exactly Is Recovery?

Recovery as a word means “a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength; the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost”. Breaking down this definition, it is easy to understand exactly what recovery is and why it is such an important lifestyle to maintain.

Return To A Normal State Of Health, Mind, Or Strength

Addiction and alcoholism are taxing to the mind, body, and spirit. Mental health disorders are quite literally disordered mental health. When someone finds that they need to seek out treatment or create a plan of recovery for themselves in some way, they are not typically in good health. One area of their health might be doing well. Most often, they are sick in their physical health, their mental health, and their spiritual health. All components of recovery and addiction or mental health treatment are striving to restore health, heal the mind, and build strength. Strength of character, strength of body, and strength of spirit are all important for long term recovery.

Regaining Possession Or Control Over Something Stolen Or Lost

Addiction and alcoholism are thieves. They steal time, energy, precious memories, and the very essence of who people are. Being under the influence of addiction can feel like being possessed in some way. There aren’t normal thoughts, there aren’t normal behaviors, and there is an inconsequential drive to act against one’s good will. Through recovery, one gains control of their lives again. They find pieces of themselves which have been lost for so long. Many describe it as waking up from a bad dream, coming home after a long trip, or being rescued from a dangerous situation.

What Recovery Is

  • Recovery is a lifestyle devoted to abstaining from drug and alcohol use
  • Recovery can also be a lifestyle devoted toward working for good mental health
  • Recovery is a series of actions and thoughts
  • Recovery is learning how to live life on life’s terms and take it one day at a time
  • Recovery is being of service to others by sharing experience, strength, and hope
  • Recovery is having a new chance at life and seizing every day as a new opportunity

If you’re ready for recovery, we are ready to help. The recovery services at Hired Power are designed to help you bring recovery home while receiving the guidance and support of compassionate recovery professionals. For more information, call us today at 1-800-910-9299.