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Recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) is an ongoing process. Individuals need to determine their own path. There is no one right way. One of the most important factors is the individual’s willingness to change past harmful behaviors. This means being open to new ideas and approaches and being willing to work hard to make positive changes in life, while understanding there will be occasional setbacks. For someone in recovery it means being honest with oneself and others about personal struggles and being willing to ask for help if it’s needed.

Recovery is about more than just addressing substance use challenges, it is about rebuilding one’s life and finding a new way to live. Recovery is about finding a purpose in life and making a positive impact on the world. Recovery builds on an individual’s unique strengths, needs, preferences, experiences, and cultural and religious background. Successful recovery focuses on people’s entire lives, including mind, body, and spirit.

There are many ways to recover from problematic substance use. Some people find success through traditional methods such as 12-step programs, talk therapy and medication. Others find success through alternative methods such as yoga and meditation.

Mountain Maryland Forward works in Allegany and Garrett counties to provide another key element in this process: A path to employment that will help affirm a person’s self-worth and participation in the wider community.

Recovery Capital

The support of others is referred to as “Recovery Capital,” which is an important element in the ongoing recovery process. Recovery capital is made up of biological and/or chosen family, friends, professionals, and other people who are in recovery.

Peer recovery specialists can be valuable additions to a strong support network. Recovery capital can help someone in recovery stay on track during tough times and can provide a sense of community and belonging.

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