Radical Recovery is an awareness of, and activism directed toward, the contextual factors that contribute to the initiation or maintenance of alcohol and other drug problems. While recognizing the vulnerability of particular individuals to such problems, this approach gives particular attention to the role alcohol and other drugs serve as tools of political, economic and cultural pacification and exploitation (Rapping, 1994; Morell, 1996).
see Born Again
Recovered/Recovering are terms used to describe the process of resolving, or the status of having resolved, alcohol and other drug problems. The former is drawn primarily from recovery mutual aid groups; the latter is drawn primarily from the treatment industry. Recovered is drawn primarily from individuals who have resolved such problems have been referred to as redeemed (or repentant) drunkard, reformed drunkard, dry drunkard, dry (former) alcoholic, arrested alcoholic, sobriate, ex-addict, and ex-alcoholic. They have been described as sober, on the wagon, drug-free, clean, straight, abstinent, cured, recovered, and recovering. Modern debate has focused on the last two of these terms. While recovering conveys the dynamic, developmental process of addiction recovery, recovered provides a means of designating those who have achieved stable sobriety and better conveys the real hope for a permanent resolution of alcohol and other drug problems. The period used to designate people recovered from other chronic disorders is usually five years without active symptoms (Abstracted from White, 2001b).
Recovery is defined as a voluntarily maintained lifestyle composed and characterized by sobriety, personal health, and citizenship.
Recovery Activism is the use of personal recovery experiences as a springboard for economic, political and social change. Recovery activism seeks redress of environmental conditions that contribute to addiction or constitute a barrier to recovery.