Recovery, by definition means:
1. to get back or regain (something lost or taken away)
2. to regain health after being sick, wounded, or the like: to recover from an illness.
3. to regain a former and better state or condition
In reality, however people are using drugs and alcohol at younger and younger ages. Access to drugs has increased in many neighborhoods. An increasing number of people who face substance use issues today come from situations where substance use is commonplace in people's immediate neighborhood; right outside their home in some situations. For many young people, drug use occurs right in the home with parents, siblings and even in some cases grandparents and extended family. It is with this growing population that recovery is a misnomer. For example: consider a young person with a drug problem who grew up in a drug-laden housing complex raised only by a mother who used drugs with an incarcerated father who himself came from a drug selling gang. The person in this example or any person in a similar scenario may never fully have the opportunity to learn the basic healthy coping skills and supports needed for proper development. When these coping skills, tools, and supports are either minimal or unavailable in one's life from an early stage then in actuality there may be little nothing to "recover" when it comes to returning to a previous state of positive functioning. In other words, for countless individuals with substance use issues, there is no former better state or condition to return to in recovery due to unfortunate circumstances beyond their control as children. In the treatment world we are seeing this more and more. A new perspective is sorely needed: