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Thoughts On Addiction Recovery

"Recovery from substance abuse is a voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal health and citizenship."
- Betty Ford Institute Consensus Panel, 2007

"Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health"
- U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, 2007

"It is time for a recovery movement. The central message of this new movement is... that permanent recovery from alcohol and other drug-related problems is not only possible but a reality in the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals and families... I believe that the following ideas will become central to this new movement:

  1. Addiction recovery is a reality.
  2. There are many paths to recovery.
  3. Recovery flourishes in supportive communities.
  4. Recovery is a voluntary process.
  5. Recovering and recovered people are part of the solution; recovery gives back what addiction takes."
- William White, Toward a New Recovery Movement: Historical Reflections on Recovery, Treatment and Advocacy, 2000

"I'm not invisible. You can see me. There is no degree of separation between us; I am right beside you. You pass me on the street every day. I'm under your nose, in plain sight. I'm the quiet neighbor who always has a cheerful greeting, or the woman working out next to you at the gym. Perhaps I'm the dog walker, reliable as a clock in the early morning. I am your gardener, your electrician, your doctor, your clerk, your co-worker, your acquaintance. I am your lawyer, your friend, your brother, your mother. I'm one of the regulars at your church or synagogue. I don't stand out in a crowd. I'm not an extraordinary person. I'm a person living in recovery from addiction."
- A Person in Recovery, 2008

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