Recovery is a process of change whereby individuals work to improve their own health and wellness and to live a meaningful life in a community of their choice while striving to achieve their full potential. Peer support and community meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)/ Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are effective components of the process.
Long-Term Residential Non-Treatment Substance Abuse Services:
- Sometimes referred to as "Transitional Living", "Oxford Houses" and "Recovery Homes". These services follow and/or concurrent with short-term treatment (typically short-term residential) and can last up to two years).
- Appropriate for individuals who are further down the path of addiction and need an extended amount of time to be ABLE to chose to stay clean and sober.
- The long-term model actually best fits the science of addiction and what we now know about how long it takes for the brain to begin to "revert" to a level of "normalcy." These facilities may be run by professionals, peers, faith-based communities, etc.