Recovery can be defined as “a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength” as well as “the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.” Recovery is not defined as “a cure for drug and alcohol addiction ensuring total immunity from relapse.” For that reason, your child will always be recovering and will not be recovered. To be recovered from drug and alcohol addiction would mean bring returned entirely to a normal state of health, mind, or strength. The prevalence of relapse in both short lengths and long lengths of sobriety proves that the “abnormality” of addiction can stick. Addiction is referred to as a disease because it is relapsing and remitting. There is the potential for lifelong ‘remission’ from addiction, meaning no episodes of relapse. Relapse is possible, of course, though it is not required. People do stay sober the entire rest of their lives after finally getting clean. Some people relapse over and over again. Others never make it back to recovery. The fact that addiction can return in the form of active using means that your child is recovering not recovered. Your child will recover from addiction on an ongoing basis. Through treatment and therapy your child will fully embrace a humbling spiritual truth: there is always more to learn. Ego, your child will realize, fuels the self-centered way of thinking that addiction attaches to. Your child will learn and you will to, that being “recovered” is not a promising prospect. The addicted mind cannot be fully recovered because it will instantly think it can start drinking or using drugs again. Brain imaging studies show that the brain will heal. Brain chemistry is changed and restored in the mind of a young man who has lived with active addiction. His body will heal as well. Recovery takes place in mind, body, and spirit. That journey is ongoing. Recovery is a lifestyle, a faith, a commitment, and a plan of action. The tools your son will develop in treatment will help him continue to live his life clean and sober from drugs and alcohol, recovering, and getting better all the time.
Recovery is a journey, not a destination. The lifelong journey of recovery is one that you and your family can take together with the guidance of our experienced professionals at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center. Foundation building and life cleansing, our treatment programs for adolescent and teenage boys create a lifetime of recovery. Call us today for information: 662-598-4214