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 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 looks at how the brain changes as individuals enter, and progress through addiction recovery. Connections between these neurobiological processes and observable, recovery-related behaviors are discussed.

Resources for friends & family Quality Addiction Treatment Guide Co-Occurring Disorders Trauma & Addiction Women & Recovery Insurance Guide Drug Policy Guide Pregnancy & Recovery Recovery Technology Guide Guide to Scams & Corruption Stages of Recovery Guide to Levels of Clinical Care Recovery Oriented Systems of Care DSM-IV & DSM-5 Comparison Typology: Guide to Addiction Subtypes Recovery Definitions Overtime

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