Recovery from drug addiction means a person is in some stage of actively abstaining from drug use. Most would agree recovery is a lifelong process. It generally starts with rehab and detox, if necessary and then joining a 12 step or non 12 step support group where you actively participate in growth, development and self discovery. Successful recovery from drug addiction is happening to millions of American, every day. They live normal, happy lives. Still, most addicts never get a chance to recover, or are unsuccessful in keeping the disease of addiction in abstinence and remission.