Connecting with others and belonging to a community can improve a number of areas of mental health. In fact, those who feel closely connected to friends, family and peers tend to have lower rates of depression, suicide and addiction.
Recovery can help us connect with others and give us a sense of belonging, support and purpose. Here are three things to know about recovery.
1. What is recovery?
In most alcohol and drug treatment settings, recovery often describes those who are participating in abstinence-based programs or 12-step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
However, recovery can look different for everyone. At the Collegiate Recovery Community (CUCRC), recovery is defined by changing your life to improve your health, live a self-directed life and reach your full potential. This broader definition allows the CUCRC to support multiple pathways to recovery, including sobriety and moderation.
It’s also important to know that recovery isn’t exclusive to drug and alcohol use. In fact, recovery covers a broad range of behaviors like:
While some of these behaviors may be normal to engage in, they can also be addictive or cause harm in our daily lives. People may also feel compelled to repeat patterns or behaviors that result in negative consequences or experiences.
2. How do I know if recovery is right for me?
There are many reasons why people seek out recovery. If you’re not sure if recovery is the right path for you, here are some questions to help you determine if recovery may be something to consider.
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, recovery may present a pathway to change your life in a more positive direction. Remember that recovery is unique to everyone, and the CUCRC is available to help you find the path that is right for you.
3. What are the pathways of recovery
Recovery is dynamic and there is no one-size-fits all approach. In fact, recovery can look different for everyone depending on your personal goals and habits.
Here are a few examples of what recovery can look like: