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Recovery from addiction means a person has stopped using drugs. At this point, they have learned new ways of dealing with problems. Someone in recovery is making positive changes in their health, social activities, and values.

Recovery from a drug addiction can continue through someone’s whole life. This is because a drug addiction is a brain disorder. An addiction can stay with a person for a long time.

But with treatment, a person can stop using drugs. They can improve their health and wellness. And then, they are in recovery.

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