What Does Recovery Mean to Those Affected?

Clients of First Step Recovery Explain What Recovery Means to Them
First Step Recovery wall covered in slogan submissions surrounding the words Recovery Wall

September is Recovery Month!

Recovery Month is the perfect time to recognize what recovering from substance use really means. Take a closer look at the effects of addiction and celebrate those who have started on the pathway to long-term sobriety. The Village’s First Step Recovery program provides a caring environment for adults struggling with substance use disorders.

Slogan Contest

This month, First Step is celebrating Recovery Month in a number of ways. One of those ways was a slogan contest. The First Step team set up a wall in their office where clients could write their ideas for a recovery slogan, highlighting what recovering really means to them. The completed wall included these mantras:

  • Gaining the feeling of control of myself
  • A fresh start to being my best miracle
  • Worth it, a new beginning EVERY DAY!
  • Recovery is a new start
  • Getting sober, being sober, living sober
  • Discovering who I truly am
  • Live the life of courage, hope, and joy
  • Regaining freedom
  • Living my best life
  • Recovery gives you a chance in life
  • Let go of your past, embrace today
  • Realizing you’re WORTH IT
  • If not you, then who else?
  • Reclaiming your life from addiction
  • Sobriety is the foundation for freedom
  • Life is tough, make changes, make progress
  • Honest, open, committed, proud
  • It means your life is ready to begin…again
  • Pathway to recovery is one step away
  • This time the first step included comfort
  • Blessings in disguise happen in recovery
  • Living again!

Village employees then got to choose their favorite slogan. “A fresh start to being my best miracle” got the most votes. This phrase expresses what the journey of recovering from substance use means to those affected. Taking the first step toward recovery can offer a fresh start for a new chapter in life.

whiteboard with Recovery Is written on top and various submissions written below

Recovery Is ...

First Step has done a similar exercise with clients as a way for them to give words to what their journey is like. They were prompted to finish the sentence “Recovery is ...” and there was no shortage of responses. Recovering can mean a lot of different things. It can be difficult, beautiful, trying, freeing, and so much more.

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First Step Recovery, a program at The Village, provides outpatient treatment for people who are struggling with substance use. Learn more at TheVillageFamily.org/FirstStep or call 701-451-4900.

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