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How Do I Know I’m on the Right Track?


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Recovery is a vital component for many people working to overcome addiction and move towards restoring their mind, body, and spirit. Recovery success can be quite subjective, however; for some, success in recovery may mean simply attending a support group and remaining abstinent – for others, success in recovery may involve finding one’s purpose and meaning in life, helping others, and more. No matter what your definition of success is, it’s important to remember that each person has their own journey to go on, including yourself.

A 2014 study published in the journal Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, sought to measure addiction recovery by conducting surveys amongst addiction psychiatrists, senior residential rehabilitation staff, and senior inpatient detoxification unit staff. Twenty-five people participated total, and researchers found the following indicators of recovery identified:

  • Substance use and treatment/support
  • Psychological and physical health
  • Use of time
  • Education, training, and employment
  • Income, housing, and relationships
  • Social functioning and offensive/anti-social behavior
  • Well-being
  • Identity and self-awareness
  • Goals/aspirations
  • Spirituality

Based on these key findings, consider where you’re at in these realms. Recovery isn’t always as black and white as it may seem – it’s not a matter of “you’re either recovering or you’re not”; sometimes you may be acing some aspects and need more work on others, and that is okay. Use these recovery components as a basis for what you may want to work on and what you’re already doing an excellent job at can be helpful. You may even want to speak with your therapist or group leader about this list if you’re in a reputable treatment program.

Writer, army officer, and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill once said,Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts”.

If you find yourself lacking in some of these areas, do not become discouraged. Recovery is a lifelong process – that’s what makes it so worthwhile in the end. Focus on self-care and being the best you that you can be. You’re already on the right track.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.