What is recovery…?

El-Guebaly N. ‘The meanings of recovery from addiction: evolution and promises’. Journal of Addiction Medicine: 2012, 6(1), p 1–9.

What is ‘recovery’ and what does it mean for the roles of treatment and of doctors? This analysis based on the last ten years’ writings on the subject draws a parallel with mental health, where recovery in terms of a meaningful and self-directed life is reserved for persisting severe illness resistant to ‘cure’ via treatment.