Recovery is a process people go through to improve their health and wellness and live fulfilling lives. We say someone is "in recovery" when they overcome their addiction and choose positive changes in health, social activities, and values as part of their lifestyle.
Drug addiction makes it hard to function in daily life. It affects how you act with your family, at work, and in the community. It's hard to change so many things at once and not fall back into old habits. Recovery from addiction means you’ve stopped using drugs and learned new ways of thinking, feeling, and dealing with problems.
Recovery from addiction can be a lifelong effort. This is because drug addiction is a long-lasting complex brain disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a lot of willpower. Drugs can change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to.
So, addiction can stay with a person for a long time, sometimes for life. It doesn't go away like a cold.
But with treatment, a person can stop using drugs and improve their health and wellness.