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(p. 54) Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder 

(p. 54) Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder
(p. 54) Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder

Dennis C. Daley

, and Antoine Douaihy

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date: 20 January 2021

The chapter discusses the many possible paths that those with SUDs can take to recovery. Recovery refers to everything that a person with an SUD does to manage the problem and make positive changes. Abstinence is a first step for those who choose this goal, but the real work of recovery is staying abstinent over time and making personal changes to support this. Recovery is not short term; it is a process that takes place over years for many people with SUDs. People with more severe problems may require professional help. Those addicted to opioids or alcohol may also benefit from medications to help sustain recovery.

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