What does it mean to be in “Recovery”?

When we consider the landscape of mental health and addiction, the term “recovery” is a significant concept to consider. The truth is that recovery means different things for different people. Just like no two humans are alike, everyone’s personal experience with recovery will be just that, personal. No two journeys are exactly the same, and the broad experiences of individuals in recovery attest to that. 

Generally speaking, recovery is a process of change through which people heal and improve their health and well-being. Individuals are overcoming an illness, and for them, a state of ‘recovery’ represents a state of emotional, physical, and spiritual health. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers this definition:

“A process of change through which individuals improve their health 

and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” 

This definition helps capture the varied experiences of those recovering from substance abuse. We can see this ‘process’ is a journey without a ‘destination,’ but rather an ongoing experience that requires continual action and management. 

What does Recovery mean in terms of addiction?

Being sober and being in recovery are often used interchangeably, but at Transitions Bali we believe they are different. Sobriety is the physical state when our body and mind are substance free. Recovery, however, takes into account the whole experience of living a life free of alcohol and drugs – a much more holistic stance than just remaining substance free. 

In recovery, staying physically sober is just the beginning. At Transitions Bali, we equip our clients with the tools necessary to regain control of their lives, including, 

  • Emotional regulation; 
  • Trigger management; 
  • Building healthy and fulfilling relationships; 
  • Developing and fostering our personal and professional growth; 
  • Maintaining our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.


How can I Achieve Recovery?

As already mentioned, each person’s recovery journey will be different. For some, it may begin with clinical treatment in a detox facility. Once physically sober, the real work begins as we learn to adapt and grow without the use of alcohol or drugs. 

SAMHSA believes four key dimensions are needed to support and strong and ongoing recovery:

  1. Health – The first and most important is health. Overcoming or managing one’s disease or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices for physical and emotional wellbeing.
  2. Home – To support recovery, it is essential to have a stable and safe place to grow.
  3. Purpose – Finding purpose through work, family or play helps foster independence and thus feel part of society.
  4. Community – A social network that provides support, friendship and encouragement for one another is integral to the recovery process


Transitions Bali has created an environment to support and encourage clients as they begin their recovery journey. Our program is designed to help clients in all areas of their lives. Along with physical sobriety, clients are encouraged to take part in our customised treatment program, which supports the four dimensions set out by SAMHSA. 

We offer a substance-free and safe environment for clients to learn and grow. Our community is overseen by a clinical team with over 40 years of experience, whose main objective is to encourage clients on their road to recovery. 

Your recovery journey is only a phone call away. If you’d like to learn about Transitions Bali, call or enquire today on +44 7737755335 and at https://transitionsbali.com/.




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