Each person’s recovery is unique and should be treated as such! SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration) defines recovery from alcohol and drug problems as a “process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life.” They expand on this definition through the 12 Guiding Principles of Recovery.


The first principle suggests “there are many pathways to recovery”, to which we couldn’t agree more! As you aspire for long-term sobriety, please keep in mind that there are many wonderful options being made available to you through Sober Spot! We are determined to help you find the path that will best serve your needs while in recovery, and we do so with great enthusiasm and utmost faith in you! You will be encouraged to explore all the facets of your addiction which will ultimately open your mind to new thoughts, ideas and beliefs that will enhance your ability to choose a new path - a path of recovery.   


While there are many pathways to recovery, you can’t get to any of them without willingness! Keeping an open mind to different forms of therapy is essential for a successful recovery. Although new experiences generally make us feel uncomfortable, we have a greater chance at expanding our awareness, learning about ourselves and so much more simply because we worked through that discomfort. In order to sustain sobriety, a supportive environment is much needed; one that will foster your growth and praise you for whatever path toward recovery you choose!


  1. There are many pathways to recovery.

  2. Recovery is self-directed and empowering.

  3. Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation.

  4. Recovery is holistic.

  5. Recovery has cultural dimensions.

  6. Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness.

  7. Recovery is supported by peers and allies.

  8. Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude.

  9. Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition.

  10. Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma.

  11. Recovery involves (re)joining and (re)building a life in the community.

  12. Recovery is a reality. It can, will, and does happen.


-Erica Bedier