Seeking help for addiction can be intimidating, but taking that step toward recovery helps individuals lead healthier lives. With the right kind of support and treatment, successful recovery is possible.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defines recovery as “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.”

SAMHSA has also identified four major dimensions that aid in successful recovery:

  • Health: making healthier choices that support one’s overall well-being and refraining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs and non-prescribed medications
  • Home: having a safe and reliable place to live
  • Purpose: participating in meaningful daily tasks such as a job, volunteering or creative activities and having the resources and independence to contribute to society
  • Community: having relationships that provide support, love and hope

An ideal recovery program is holistic and focuses on a person’s strengths, values and support system in order to provide a hopeful, encouraging environment. Focusing on the positive parts of life helps those in recovery work towards becoming healthy and self-directed.

Recovery is different for every person and may involve clinical treatment, medication, faith-based initiatives, family or peer support and more. Even though a person in recovery is growing healthier every day, they may have setbacks as well. Learning to be resilient in times of hardship is essential to overcoming obstacles and adapting to change during recovery. Resilience builds over time, and family and friends can encourage and support their loved ones during their recovery journey in order to help them through difficult setbacks.

When people choose to pursue recovery, they are making brave choices that help ensure a healthier and happier future for their families and themselves.

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Friends and family, here is some advice on how to help your loved ones going through recovery:

Do you know someone who is struggling with addiction? Contact the Tennessee Redline for free confidential information and referrals at 1-800-889-9789.