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What Does Recovery Mean to Those Affected?

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Recovery is a fresh start, regaining freedom, and living your best life

September is Recovery Month!

Recovery Month is the perfect time to recognize what recovery 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.

Recovery Wall Slogan Contest

This month, First Step Recovery is celebrating Recovery Month in a number of ways. One of those ways was a slogan contest. The First Step team set up a recovery wall in their office where clients could write their ideas for a recovery slogan, highlighting what recovery 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

  • Recovery is 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, recovery

  • 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, and “A fresh start to being my best miracle” got the most votes. This phrase expresses what the journey of recovery gives to those with substance use disorders. Taking the first step toward recovery can offer a fresh start for a new chapter in life.

Recovery is difficult, beautiful, freeing, and more

Recovery Is ...

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

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.

First Step Recovery a program of The Village Family Service Center