Let’s start with a few definitions found in the dictionary. The website Dictionary.com defines recovery the following three ways:
1) The regaining of or possibility of regaining something lost or taken away.
2) Restoration or return to health from sickness.
3) Restoration or return to any former and better state or condition.
When I watch someone going through the recovery process, I’m always interested in understanding whether or not they want to get well. There is an understanding that something isn’t right and they desire to make it right. This may sound basic and over-simplistic. However, I find that answering this question of “do you want to get well” is harder than you think, especially when things get difficult.
To “recover” is to put back in order that which is out of order. For most individuals struggling with addiction, they have turned away from their most important priorities. They need to restore those...