Is there a Difference Between Being Clean and/or Sober and Being in Recovery?

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April 21, 2022

Is there a Difference Between Being Clean and/or Sober and Being in Recovery?

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April 21, 2022

In recovery, clean, and sober are all words or phrases that are thrown around a lot and used interchangeably, especially by those in the community of substance users. Believe it or not, there is a difference between the terms. A person can't be u2018in recovery' without being clean and sober, but you can be clean/sober without being in recovery. How?

Recovery is working through the issues that caused you to drink and use drugs. Clean/Sober is just putting them down.

Recovery is realizing that drugs and alcohol were the solution to the problem and not the problem themselves.

Recovery is about changing our behavior. Sobriety is just about changing our drinking and using habits.

Recovery means healing. Sobriety just means sober. Recovery is learning to love our selves and others. Recovery is finding peace. Recovery is continually becoming a better person. Recovery is owning up to our actions (right or wrong) and is giving up the victim role. Recovery is making amends, and not just saying we're sorry. Recovery is action. Recovery is daily. Recovery isn't a one-time thing, it is a lifelong journey. Sober or cleanu2014means just that. You are physically sober and clean. Recovery is so much more than just putting the substances down.

Interested in having support on your journey, contact OCJ today.

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