What does recovery really mean?
Recovery is a common term which is used by addicts and professionals. We [Utah Family Therapy] even use it but only because this is what people seem to understand; however, we want you to change your thinking of what recovery means. We want you to stop thinking that recovery means addiction can be crushed, killed and destroyed.
Because this type of thinking attacks the survival part of your brain. You have spent years convincing your limbic system that you need porn, drugs, sex, gambling, etc… to survive. This is because these substances cause you to unnaturally release a host of chemicals helping to calm the body down, even though it is brief. The crush, kill destroy attitude actually puts you in conflict with your own self, causing the addiction/negative behavior to intensify.
I received a paper that describes recovery in this way:
“… is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life.”
I decided to turn to good ole Webster to see what their definition of recovery is:
: the act or process of becoming healthy after an illness or injury : the act or process of recovering
: the act or process of returning to a normal state after a period of difficulty