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.





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 disorders can engage in a process of recovery-related change.

The Brain in Recovery looks at how the brain changes as individuals enter and progress through addiction recovery, exploring the connections between neurobiological processes and recovery-related behaviors.

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