Addiction recovery is a voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal health, and citizenship. Recovery is like a shoe in that one size does not fit all. It has many traditional pillars that are common to all in recovery and also has many differences that are attributable to geography, gender, age, etc.
Regardless of the stage of recovery in which a person is actively involved, recovery offers the hope of positive lifestyle changes that include better health, increased financial security, and improved relationships.
Guiding Principles of Recovery
- There are many pathways to recovery.
- Recovery is self-directed and empowering.
- Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation.
- Recovery is holistic.
- Recovery has cultural dimensions.
- Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness.
- Recovery is supported by peers and allies.
- Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude.
- Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition.
- Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma.
- Recovery involves (re)joining and (re)building a life in the community.
- Recovery is a reality. It can, will, and does happen.
(Source: CSAT White Paper: Guiding Principles and Elements of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care)