Despite the challenges faced in the recovery from the addiction, yet many people manage to recover from it each day.

Life demands constant change. In order to acclimatize to the many challenges we face every day we need new skills. If we stop altering to the necessities of the world, our life will be almost finished. There will be no growth, no healing and more over no learning. If we want success in our life, change must be our constant companion.

Here is a video by Dr. Sadaqat and Mrs. Uzma Sadaqat in which they talks about alcoholism and addiction
Dr. Sadaqat Ali and Mrs. Uzma Sadaqat talks about alcoholism and addiction

Batool KhanHameeda Batool is currently working as a Clinical Psychologist in Willing Ways Lahore. She has done her Masters in psychology from Punjab University and MS in Clinical Psychology from Government College University Lahore. She has worked as an intern at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Lahore and Ganga Ram Hospital. There she was trained in conducting group sessions, assessment and management of different psychological disorders such as Addiction, OCD, Depression and Anxiety Disorders.
Editor: Arman Ahmed

The term “recovery” is generally applied to getting well again or improving with regard to a wide range of conditions. It is most commonly connected with overcoming addiction to chemicals such as hash, cocaine, alcohol and other drugs. In this perspective, recovery is commonly thought of as becoming sober and leading a life without drugs. However, the process of recovery goes far beyond abstinence.


The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has defined recovery from both substance use disorders and mental disorders as: “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”

Change is never too easy to digest. We being human always strive for comfort. When we talk about change, it’s necessary for us to detach ourselves from that comfort zone. Moving from known to the unknown is a really difficult thing. No matter how hard that known situation is, at least you have a basic idea about it. Just imagine you have an old sweater with many holes in it you still know that it’s yours. What if one day you saw that sweater with no holes? You will certainly be in shock. You might even question your sanity. The same thing goes with change. Change has the power to induce anxiety. It is difficult for someone to come out of the vicious cycle of addiction but it is often more difficult to sustain that change. As the recovering addict not only has to manage the craving but is also supposed to live his life with the drug which is a really difficult thing but not an impossible one.