Recovery begins by not putting alcohol in your mouth, but that really is just the start. Recovery is a ongoing process, whereby you create a whole new life that you don’t need to escape from. Recovery means returning to a ‘normal’ state of health and regaining your lost and stolen life. You must finally tackle all the reasons you drank in the first place. Maybe your childhood was stolen by abuse and trauma. A great loss might have sent you down the road of addiction. If you come from a family of alcoholics, maybe you inherited the wound of addiction. Recovery is not merely a return to the place you were before you started drinking. If that place were a healthy place, you wouldn’t be an alcoholic. Recovery leads to a completely new place, a total reinvention of yourself and your life.