Recovery Definition

BCARA defines recovery:

Recovery is a sustainable, voluntary, and continual restraint from the compulsive pursuit of reward and/or relief that involves the use of substances and other behaviours; improved physical and mental health, social connection and functioning, and enhanced quality of life. Recovery is the experience through which individuals, families, and communities impacted by substances and other behaviours draw upon recovery capital to willingly resolve these issues, actively manage their continued vulnerability to such difficulties and develop a healthy, productive, and meaningful life.