The transition to recovery from addiction is a complex process, where priorities and needs significantly change throughout. One should be aware that abstinence is just the first of many steps towards full recovery. But it’s a good base from which to effect change in other areas of one’s life.
From our work with a variety of clients, we know that individuals in recovery still tend to encounter difficulties in many areas of their lives long after having achieved abstinence. Mainly because the negative impact that active addiction has on many life domains remains and requires long-term commitment to remedy its injurious effects on relationships, healthy lifestyles, acceptable living conditions, etc. This is where the hard work begins! Achieving a healthy, productive life becomes the main aim. Abstinence is only one side of the recovery coin, what awaits us on the other side is a long journey towards improved health, wellness and quality of life.