What Recovery means to us at Eden Recovery Centre

Individuals who are “in recovery” know what it means to them and how important it is in their lives. They need no formal definition.

But we at Eden Recovery Centre believe that for the general public, and those who research, evaluate and develop policies about addiction, recovery is a concept that can sometimes seem unclear.

Essentially, recovery is a complex and dynamic process encompassing all the positive benefits to physical, mental and social health that can happen when people with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, or their family members, get the help they need.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) offers this definition: “Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life.”   Expanding on this definition, SAMHSA articulates twelve “Guiding Principles of Recovery”:

  1. There are many pathways to recovery including
  2. Recovery is self-directed and empowering.
  3. Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation.
  4. Recovery is holistic.
  5. Recovery has cultural dimensions.
  6. Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness.
  7. Recovery is supported by peers and allies.
  8. Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude.
  9. Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition.
  10. Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma.
  11. Recovery involves (re)joining and (re)building a life in the community.
  12. Recovery is a reality. It can, will, and does happen.

For information or advice on how we can help you or your loved one take that first step to recovery and beat addiction please contact the Eden Recovery Centre. You can depend on full discretion.


EDEN – Breaking Free From the Chains of Addiction

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