When people talk about recovery, they usually think of detoxifying the body, which is only half-true.
The word is recovery (in relation to substance abuse) is an encompassing word that is above just physical recovery.
In this article, we are going to discuss the often-missed meanings of recovery.
But before that, let me plug-in a bit of disclaimer. If you are thinking of doing an addiction self-treatment (it’s certainly possible), I highly suggest that you first consult with a professional. You don’t have to go through a traditional recovery method, but what you are looking for is a professional opinion. A professional opinion can greatly help in winning your battles against addiction.
Now that we have cleared that, let’s get back to the topic at hand.
What Is NOT Recovery
Of course, recovery also means going through a rehabilitation to detoxify your body. However, the word recovery is more than that. But, let’s start with what recovery is NOT:
Recovery Is NOT:
- Criticizing another person’s path to recovery
- Proclaiming you are an expert, and you know which method works best
- Shoving the recovery pulpit to every addict’s throat
- Spreading discontent and resentment
- Criticizing other people opinions and beliefs
- All about the talk, without the walk
What Is Full Recovery
On top of having a detoxed body and a mind that is free from brain imbalances, full recovery also means:
- Acceptance of your own weakness and flaws
- Being open-minded to opinions and views that are different from yours
- Practicing the true meaning of “humility”, which is the sum of forgiveness, inner peace, serenity, and gratitude
- Moving towards a direction of positive values and perception, and helping others to do the same if they wish it
- Respect to others and one’s self
Recovery is a big word, and it’s easy to make the mistake of focusing on some specific parts of it and calling it recovery. Hopefully, after reading this article, you will have the true and genuine meaning of recovery.
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