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People who are recovering from substance abuse disorders are often told that they will be "in recovery" for the rest of their lives. This is false. It is possible to completely recover and no longer feel the need to return to substance abuse.
Recovery is all about attitude. Nearly every successful substance abuse recovery system has one factor in common with all others: It will emphasize a positive attitude. An attitude of "I can win!" is a key component to substance use disorder recovery.
Once a person adopts this attitude, dropping the addiction becomes merely a matter of time. Smokers can quit, heroin shooters can stop, and alcohol drinkers can drop the bottle. Sure there will be work involved to keep yourself clean. After a while, though, avoiding the substance becomes second nature. At this point, you have recovered – you are done. No more "in recovery" statements.
Here are three real-world anecdotes that demonstrate that complete recovery is possible.
Recovery is entirely possible. It's all in how you define "recovery." If you believe that you will "always be an addict," then you will always have a substance use disorder. If you believe that you can overcome it, though, you will.
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