• a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.
  • the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.

Similar: recuperation | retrieval | regaining | repossession

What is recovery?

It’s one of those terms you hear on talk shows. In self-help books. In movies.

But what does it really mean? How does it change someone’s life?

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Why call us?

Substance abuse recovery isn’t the same thing as sobriety. It’s a much bigger challenge than getting sober, that’s for sure.

It’s tough.

Recovery involves changing your:

  • Behavior
  • Perspective on life, and
  • Even the environment in which you live.

No matter how you define it, nobody can recover alone. 

That’s why we provide ongoing support for all substance users, no matter their background or circumstances.

It’s what we’ve always done. It’s what we’ll continue to do.

Here at Cardinal Recovery, part of the Zinnia family, we understand recovery is always a struggle. Not just for substance users but their loved ones too.

That’s because we’ve been there.

And we recovered.

Our team of physicians, nurses, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers have over 150 years of combined recovery time from drugs and alcohol. So we have a deep understanding of what every patient who walks through our doors is going through.

But if we can live a successful life of recovery, we believe anyone can.

That’s what makes our state-of-the-art drug and alcohol rehab treatment facility in South Bend, Indiana, different. Our experience, effective treatment plans, and ongoing support lay the foundations for a more meaningful life. One that’s free from drugs and alcohol. One that’s full of joy, hope, and happiness.

Come and join us on our journey to heal America for good, one patient at a time.

This is the start of the road to recovery.

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.” — Zig Ziglar1

Recovery, Explained

The first step of recovery is getting help. It’s that simple.

We believe that nobody should suffer from drug or alcohol addiction alone. Substance users need a support system they can trust so they can improve their emotional and physical well-being.

There’s no shame in asking for help. Every member of our team received the help they needed in their lives. Now they lead incredible lives of recovery. We want all substance users to experience the same successful outcomes.

It’s hard to define substance abuse recovery. It means different things to different people. But it’s always good.

It means someone got their life back on track.

It means someone is following their dreams. Or supporting their talents. Or working toward their life goals.

It means someone is passionate about life again.

It means healthy relationships.

It means happiness.

Nobody should ever be afraid to start their recovery journey. That’s why our team judges no one. It doesn’t matter what someone has done in the past. Or what someone’s doing right now. Recovery is all about the future.

And we believe the future is limitless.

Are you ready to recover? Or know someone that is? We provide ongoing recovery solutions for those with drug and alcohol addiction issues. No judgments. Just comprehensive, customized recovery treatment plans for people that need our help. Call (855) 928-1987 NOW for a 15-minute assessment with one of our friendly team. We’re here for you.

What Recovery is Not

Many substance users think the recovery journey ends after treatment. But we think that’s where the proper work begins. Transitioning back to ‘normal’ life can be difficult because temptations can arise. The potential for relapse is ever-present. That’s why substance users need to stay focused and continue to get the support they deserve.

We know there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to recovery. Everyone is different, and we recognize that. We tailor our resources and treatment plans for each person who needs our help. This aftercare might include:

We believe the right aftercare helps substance users cope with cravings and avoid relapse for the rest of their lives. We’ve helped thousands of people transition into regular life after rehab and overcome addiction for good.

It’s what we’re passionate about.

4 Dimensions of Recovery

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) outlines four dimensions of recovery2, and we often refer to these dimensions in our recovery treatment plans. The four elements below help substance users understand the drug and alcohol addiction recovery process and prevent relapse in the future. Let’s explore these elements in more detail:

1. Health in Addiction Recovery

Recovery must focus on the management of the substance user’s addiction and the symptoms associated with it. There should be an emphasis on emotional and physical well-being so people suffering from addiction can make healthier choices every day.

2. Home in Addiction Recovery

Maintaining a safe, supportive, and stable living environment is essential for recovery. There are various ways families and loved ones can help with someone’s recovery, and we provide them with resources and ongoing support. We believe recovery is all about teamwork.

3. Purpose in Addiction Recovery

Living life with purpose means being getting involved in the community during and after recovery. Doing so can support the substance user’s physical and emotional well-being.

4. Community in Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Recovery also involves establishing a network that’s rooted in support, love, and friendship. A life of sobriety requires healthy relationships, not toxic ones.

Cardinal Recovery has helped thousands of people start their recovery in the right way. Now we can help you. If you are suffering from addiction or know someone who is, reach out and tell us about it. That’s what we’re here for. Click here or call (855) 928-1987 for a 15-minute assessment with one of our friendly team. 

What is the Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery Process?

When someone suffers from drug or alcohol addiction, they might experience a broad range of emotions:

  • Loneliness
  • Helplessness
  • Anger
  • Detachment
  • Weakness

Other times, that person might be in denial about their addiction. Or be embarrassed to get help. We’ve seen this play out so many times at our rehab treatment center in Indiana. We believe understanding the steps to recovery is an incredibly important part of sobriety.

In our experience, we’ve realized that hope is at the core of the drug and alcohol addiction recovery process. Many substance users have relapsed so many times they lose hope. They think recovery isn’t possible for them. So they don’t get the help they need. However, hope creates the foundation for a healthy, happy, and sober life. It’s the basis for each of these steps in the recovery journey:

Identifying the Addiction

The first step in the substance abuse recovery process happens when the substance user identifies that a problem exists and wants to overcome their addiction. This step is critical. Recovery isn’t possible unless the person wants it for themselves.

Addiction Education

Next comes education. Many substance users are ashamed of their addiction. They don’t need to be. Addiction is not a choice but a disease3, and it can infiltrate every part of someone’s life. When someone learns this, they realize they can treat their disease just like any other medical condition. Education is one of the most critical components of the drug and alcohol recovery process.

Recovery Preparation

There are several processes someone goes through before starting their recovery journey:

  • Reaching out to friends and family.
  • Finding the right rehab treatment center.
  • Researching the best addiction treatment options.
  • Developing a plan to follow treatment.


Treatment might involve inpatient rehaboutpatient rehab, or a combination of both methods. The person suffering from addiction should choose a treatment plan based on their circumstances, budget, and lifestyle. We can help them do that. We tailor our solutions to each patient who asks us for help. We believe this increases the chance of recovery success.

Why Recovery is a Lifelong Process

Understanding recovery is a lifelong process is also important. Someone suffering from addiction should change their lifestyle to avoid relapse and breaking sobriety. These changes might involve:

  • Ending toxic relationships.
  • Attending support groups and meetings.
  • Establishing a strong support system.
  • Developing connections with other people who have overcome addiction.

Not all of these methods will work for everyone. The key to recovery success is finding the right techniques based on someone’s individual needs.

We guide our patients before, during, and after treatment so they make healthier recovery decisions and transition from rehab to sober living successfully.

How Cardinal Recovery Helps With Recovery

We give people the tools they need to overcome drug and alcohol addiction. It’s that simple. Our professional team provides substance users and their loved ones with ongoing support during the drug and alcohol addiction recovery process so they can lead happier lives free from the shackles of addiction.

Our mission is simple: To provide everyone struggling with substance abuse and mental health with the highest quality care. We want to prepare all our patients for a fulfilling and sober life free from drugs and alcohol.

Here are some of the reasons we differ from other recovery treatment centers in Indiana:

  • We provide a wide range of evidence-based and holistic therapies that guide patients through the drug and alcohol addiction recovery process and prevent relapse.
  • Our treatment center welcomes patients from all backgrounds and walks of life.
  • Patients get the help they need in a private and intimate environment that’s free from judgment.
  • We provide custom recovery treatment plans based on someone’s circumstances and lifestyle.
  • We specialize in co-occurring disorders.
  • Our team has experience treating bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, trauma, attention deficit disorder, and borderline personality disorders.
  • We have a high patient-to-staff ratio that ensures every patient gets the attention they deserve.

We care about every patient that walks through our door. We believe everyone should live a successful life of recovery.

What People Say About Cardinal Recovery

“Cardinal Recovery is an amazing facility with staff that really cares about each and every individual. If you need to learn the coping skills to overcome addiction like I did, then I would highly recommend this facility.” — Teddy J.

“I have had the privilege of working with some of the staff and speaking with some of the clients that are at Cardinal Recovery in Indiana. They only have positive feedback to say about their facility. This is definitely recommended as a top-notch drug and alcohol rehab program.” — Brent L.

“Cardinal is a great place for addiction recovery. The staff here truly care about each individual. The daily classroom sessions are very informative. Case managers and therapists are here to help you through the process of recovery.” — John G.

“Cardinal Recovery has been instrumental in my recovery process. The staff is fantastic and always had my best interest at heart. My case manager and therapist went above and beyond and helped me establish goals while I was there, as well as for when I left. I would recommend Cardinal to anyone who is serious about getting clean and sober. I feel like I left there with confidence and a new family.” — Erin S.

“Coming to Cardinal Recovery was the best decision I have ever made in my life. My experience here has been truly life-changing. I recommend Cardinal to anyone out there that has an addiction problem. It’s truly a great program.” — Shannon H.

The road to recovery starts right here. If you are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction or know someone who is, get in touch. We will never judge. Email us or call (855) 928-1987 NOW for a 15-minute assessment with one of our friendly team. We’re here for you.


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