Recovery from a substance-related and addictive disorder refers to a process of change through which affected individuals learn to manage their disorder and make positive changes to improve their physical and emotional well-being and their relationships. For those with more severe substance use disorders (SUDs), this involves abstinence from substances, having a stable and safe place to live, engaging in meaningful activities, and having a social network that offers support, friendship, love, and hope for a better future.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and other mutual-support programs describe recovery as a program of change that involves participation in a fellowship with others with similar problems, who help one another by sharing their experiences, strength, and hope. The first step of AA and NA starts ...

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