Results from our ‘Recovery’ client survey

There’s a lot of talk about ‘Recovery’ in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector at the moment. It’s a term that is getting thrown about by services and government. It’s a word that gets used in different contexts and seems to mean different things to different people.

Our last survey asked the question: What does ‘Recovery’ mean to you?

What we asked

There’s a lot of talk about ‘Recovery’ in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector at the moment. It’s a term that is getting thrown about by services and government. It’s a word that gets used in different contexts and seems to mean different things to different people.

Our last survey asked the question: What does ‘Recovery’ mean to you?

People were given three options to describe their understanding of Recovery and whether it was relevant to their own experience:

  1. Yes, it’s a good way of describing what I’m trying to achieve;
  2. No, it’s not relevant to my situation;
  3. Don’t know. I’m not really sure what it means.


What we learned

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While those responding to the survey represent only a small sample of the people who use our services, the findings do provide a clear indication that the concept of recovery is an important one for many.

The following sample of people’s comments provides some exploration of the various meanings that recovery can have for people affected by AOD use:

  • Recovery, to me, is a journey to getting well and off all medication and/or drugs. For me, I have used recovery many times. I have done nine detoxes, one rehab all with [ReGen] and recovery is a long process, over a period of ten years. I am still in recovery and will be for a long time. It’s not something that just goes away. Recovery = getting well, moving on, stay in with [ReGen], keep seeing workers and stop using drugs. Thankyou for letting me have a say.
  • I believe for me it has helped me so much to meet my goals and achieve them so that I am clean and stay clean. The support of the friendly staff has been wonderful and the classes that run have been great as well. The Keeping Going class I found to be helpful, more than you can know.
  • Recovery means sanity.
    Recovery means friends.
    Recovery means clean.
    Recovery means happy.
    Recovery means achieving.
    Recovery means a life alive.
    Recovery means an existence without systematic dynamic.
  • I have tried so hard. I need support. I am a mother of four.
  • Yes, I think that I’ve only had a positive experience with [ReGen]. It’s been really good for me and the life changes I’ve made with the help of programs such as Get a Grip and the work that I’ve done. I think that it is a very positive outcome to come into [ReGen] and I thank everyone.