Also known as: addiction recovery, alcoholism recovery, drug abuse recovery

Recovery is the hard and never ending process through which an addict goes, with the goal being a life time of abstinence from their substance of choice. While a person is going through this tough psychological and physical journey, the most successful rates of life-long recovery are through the support offered through addiction recovery programs offered in addiction recovery centres.


The 5 different stages of recovery:

  1. Awareness – This is the stage where an addict starts to become aware that there might be a problem, either from personal reflection or from feedback from colleagues, friends or family members. It may also be that the addict has run into personal problems like losing their job, being in financial straits or causing conflict within their personal relationships. The person still actively abuses their substance of choice, but may move from denial to consideration at this point. The addict may even consider doing research into addiction recovery programs.
  2. Contemplation – This is the second step in the process and it may lead from denial into action. The addict is now ready to learn more about their disease and how to start the journey to recovery. This stage usually includes research into what help options are available, including either alcohol recovery centres or drug recovery centres. Accompanied by a sense of desperation, this could be the addict’s last cling to hope.
  3. Exploring the options of recovery – Motivated to overcome their addiction by this stage, the addict is now open to contacting alcohol recovery programs or drug recovery programs to find out what the process of recovery entails, both mentally and physically. While still struggling with the decision of letting go, the addict is scared, but trusts that this could be a way forward for them and that with the support of experts they could kick their habit.
  4. Initial stages of recovery – This is often the most vulnerable time in an addict’s journey to recovery. There is doubt as to whether they’ve made the right decision, especially as they go through the physically painful process of withdrawal once they’ve entered an addiction recovery program.
  5. Ongoing active recovery – By the time addicts have reached this stage of their alcohol recovery programs or drug recovery programs, they’re put in a lot of hard work. This final stage is met with the realisation that the work has not ended and that they’ll have to be strong and focused for the rest of their lives in order to maintain their sobriety and live a life of hope.


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