There are many paths to recovery. Find what works for you.
Recovery often starts with treatment. Recovery is a process of change to improve your health and live free of alcohol or other drugs. It begins with the hope that change is possible for you.
Our Helpline Specialists, some of whom are in recovery, can guide you to treatment and recovery services that will support your journey. The process of recovery is very personal and will probably change over time as your needs change.
While long-term recovery can be hard to imagine if you are still using or in early recovery, it is possible and happens every day. In addition to counseling and other supports, many people use medication as they enter into and maintain their recovery. There are many paths to recovery, and everyone’s path is different.
Learn more about medications that can help to treat addiction and maintain recovery:
People in early and long-term recovery use different services to support their recovery. You might use more than one service. You might also find other ways to help support your recovery. It could be your religious faith, therapy, sports, meditation, or anything else that helps keep you healthy.
Connecting with others helps nurture your recovery and prevent relapse. Many support groups and recovery communities provide tools and guidance for your new way of life. They can help both in early and long-term recovery. Some of the many options for supporting your recovery include:
In recovery, you learn to live without needing or wanting to use alcohol or other drugs. It means experiencing feelings of joy, hope, and possibility again – maybe for the first time in years. Difficult feelings often come up too, but recovery communities and other supports will help you work through them.
Recovery takes ongoing commitment but you don’t have to do it alone. With help from people who understand where you have been, it’s possible to reconnect with others and yourself. Many people in recovery go back to school, start families, rebuild relationships, get jobs, and live a full life free from alcohol and other drugs.
How do I stay in recovery?
People in successful recovery often do some “work” to live a full life free of alcohol and other drugs. Here are some tips:
Keep recovery first: stay active in your recovery!
Stay connected with your recovery community and with supportive family and friends. They will help keep you motivated and remind you why it’s worth it.
Practice gratitude. Look for the positive even in difficult situations.
Avoid comparisons. Focus on yourself and how far you’ve come, not on where others may be.
Practice being open-minded. Explore the different options available to help you in your recovery.
Ask for help. No one can or should recover alone. Asking for help can help you grow and connect with others. It also gives someone else the opportunity to be helpful.
Help someone else. Even the simplest action to help a friend or a stranger can make you feel connected and useful.
Practice acceptance of yourself, others, and your current circumstances.
We’ll guide you to counseling, support groups, and Peer Recovery Support Centers to support your recovery. With help from people who understand where you have been, you can live a full life free from alcohol and other drugs.