Recovery from addiction is more than stopping drinking or using. It’s an ongoing process of growing and healing — mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Recovery emerges from hope or the belief that recovery provides an essential and motivating message of a better future; that it is possible for people to recover from the internal and external challenges, barriers and obstacles that are presented in life. The ways in which an individual’s recovery progresses will likely be slightly different from anyone else’s. As someone tailors a treatment program for them, they can expect that the pace of their recovery will be dependent upon how they are working their program, their emotional and psychological state of mind, their physical condition, the strength of their support network and other reasons. In other words, while an individual in recovery can observe how others are doing, such as friends that were made at 12-Step meetings or while at a treatment facility, that same individual really can’t compare everyone else’s recovery to theirs. One person may be getting past a short episode of marijuana abuse while another may be a chronic, long-term alcoholic who suffers from cirrhosis of the liver and depression. Although each person’s journey through recovery will be unique, there are still certain stages and transitions that most people will go through at some point as they learn to live a life of sobriety. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Commission (SAMHSA) 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 lists four signs that let individuals know they are in recovery, including:

* I can address problems as they happen, without using, and without getting stressed out.

* I have at least one person I can be completely honest with.

* I have personal boundaries and know which issues are mine and which ones belong to other people.

* I take the time to restore my energy — physical and emotional — when I am tired.

Regardless of the individual in recovery, it’s important that this person has a method of recovery that works for them. Some people may find that one particular program works while another may not. It may take multiple relapses in order to find a solution that fits best for that person. Simply because a person might relapse does not mean that they are a failure. It may just mean that they need to explore additional or other areas of recovery as an example. Any Lengths Retreat is an all men treatment center that utilizes the 12-step program in order to stay sober and treat addiction with an optimal method of recovery. We believe that working a solid 12-step program is the solution to recovery and to live a life of sobriety.