Sobriety vs Recovery: Aren’t They the Same Thing?


The terms “sobriety” and “recovery” are often used synonymously; however, these terms do not define the same thing. A person can be sober without ever being in recovery, and similarly, a person in recovery can relapse. It is important to recognize the similarities and differences between these two terms to understand how a person can transition from sobriety to active recovery. What Is Sobriety? Sobriety is the state of living without the use of drugs or alcohol. When people consider themselves sober, they may or may not have had substance use problems in the past. Many people consider themselves sober without [...]