Recovery 101


What is Recovery?

Recovery from a substance use disorder is defined as a process of improved physical, psychological, and social well-being and health after having suffered from a substance-related condition.

There are several other ways in which recovery can be defined – some, for example, mention the resolution of a substance use problem, while others specify abstinence.

The Recovery 101 section reviews the wide range of recovery definitions, and takes a closer look at the science and theory behind recovery.


Fast Facts

Pathways to Recovery

Brain in Recovery

Fast Facts provides 10 of the most important scientifically-grounded facts about recovery. Expand each fact to learn more about the supporting research.

Pathways to Recovery outlines myriad ways (clinical, non-clinical, and self-management) in which individuals with substance use disorder can engage in a process of recovery-related change.

The Brain in Recovery reviews research on how the brain changes (i.e., recovers) as individuals enter, and progress through substance use disorder recovery. Connections between these neurobiological processes and observable, recovery-related behaviors are also discussed.


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