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What is recovery?
Recovery refers to the process of overcoming substance use disorder (SUD), improving one's mental, emotional, and physical well-being, and living a fulfilling life. Recovery is an individualized journey that may involve various treatment approaches, support systems, and lifestyle changes. People can also be in recovery while taking medications for SUDs, as part of a medications for addiction treatment (MAT) program.
The concept of recovery has evolved over time, moving away from a one-size-fits-all approach to recognizing the diversity of individual experiences and the need for personalized treatment plans. This shift has led to a broader understanding of recovery that encompasses harm reduction, MAT, and peer support.