Recovery Pathways Are Not Always a Pathway

Dr. Bill Whites’s latest post carries this message: all viable pathways to recovery have not  been “mapped”. Recently, long term recovery frameworks have been coming from every variation possible of the older addiction recovery models. He says, “addiction recovery experience has been sliced and diced in all manner of categories: secular, spiritual, and religious; natural recovery, peer-assisted, and treatment-assisted; and abstinence-based, moderation-based, and medication-assisted, to name just a few. Recovery achieved through any of these frameworks is often referred to as a pathway of recovery. The growing consensus that there are multiple pathways of long-term addiction recovery marks an important public and professional milestone within the alcohol and drug problems arena.”

Bill goes on to say that there are, in most likelihood, many “pathways” to take, including those yet to be explored. In that respect, many of us are explorers of our own pathway. As we step out timidly into something new, we may not feel like Lewis and Clark when we try a variation that has worked for us (except when we dodge the arrows from “old time” 12 steppers).

Those embarking on a new pathway of recovery are more receptive to the less traditional (and even untraditional) ways of persons joining us in our journey. Those with the temerity to join us increases our confidence in a “new” pathway. We become confidentily more outspoken about the richness of experience we all bring to a particular pathway. Vive la difference!

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