Recovery is not a destination

I wanted to write a quick post on the topic of recovery. I have embraced and accepted my own journey of recovery but not without many difficult years of wanting to see big changes, too soon..


I know there are a lot of you battling with the struggles of mental health daily and wishing that you could achieve more.

I also know how disheartened you must feel when you don’t seem to reach your destination of being ”recovered”…This is where the problem lies..Recovery isn’t a is an ongoing, changing process with ups and downs..

Recovery doesn’t mean you will reach a day where you are recovered completely.What it DOES mean is that you will reach a point in your life where every struggle is much smaller and you will be able to feel better on more days than usual. If you suffered child abuse or neglect, you will most likely have ongoing mental health issues but this doesn’t mean you will suffer in the same way, as you grieve and progress in your healing. If you are a recovering alcoholic or drug addict, you will also know how much of a challenge it is to stop yourself from returning to the one thing that was able to numb you in the past..You are aware that your recovery from the drug of your choice will always be a constant in your life.

Before you are too harsh on yourself and have huge expectations on where you think you should be in your recovery, just remind yourself that everything is unfolding exactly as it should..that there are many small positive shifts happening in your mental health and that no matter how awful the tears, flashbacks, triggers, depression and anxiety are, that there are better days to come..Remind yourself of this when you are particularly low!

If you are recovering from any mental health issues, then this post is for you.

Be self-compassionate, give yourself a pat on the back and keep moving forward in your journey of recovery..Keep looking for resources that may help you along  your journey, seek out a therapist or coach who is experienced and validating and keep all abusive & toxic people away from your life.

Love Athina ♥

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Author: Courage Coaching

I provide empowerment, empathy & support. I specialise in dealing with dysfunctional relationships, particularly narcissistic abuse & encouraging self-compassion.

10 thoughts on “Recovery is not a destination”

  1. I’m traveling the recovery path away from alcohol and it was nice to read this, because I just listened to some people in a meeting last night mention this same exact sentiment – If you’re looking for an end goal, you’re not going to find it.

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  2. Thank you for the post. When I first started therapy I thought it was just that the start and that there would be a definite end. I was sad after so much time went by and I saw no end in sight. I saw no end in sight because things kept coming to the surface and still are new memories of horrible things that happened. I need to remember this that I need to keep going even though I want to quit.


  3. Hi Folks..
    Good topic: helpful perspective.

    From my Yoga/Buddhist studies & practices, the following alternate terms/concepts/verbs may be beneficial:
    * Transformation
    * Practice
    * Better (vs Perfect)
    * Being in the Now (vs Past/Future)
    * Impermanence (nothing lasts)
    * Life as it Is
    * Non-Judgemental
    * Non-Duality (this AND that)

    Namastè All..


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