Understanding Abstinence, Sobriety, and Recovery

Understanding Abstinence, Sobriety, and Recovery

Many teenagers believe that “if Mom or Dad would only stop drinking, everything would be fine.” “Life will be so much better if the drinking would stop.” “I’ll get ‘my Dad’ back if he could just throw the pills away.”The reality is that stopping the behavior, or abstinence, is a very important first step of a process that leads to sobriety and recovery. So, what do these other terms mean?