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Abstinence vs. Sobriety

Written by Red Rock Recovery Center

Abstinence vs. Sobriety

As it is often said in the addiction treatment profession, there is a clear separation between abstinence and sobriety. Abstinence can be defined simply as physical free from mind-altering substances. Abstinence doesn’t address behaviors, emotions, mental health, etc. It just means that the person is free of drugs/alcohol. Sobriety includes abstinence, but also encompasses much more than just stopping drinking or abusing drugs.

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Direct and to the point. Sobriety is so much more than abstaining from substances, it is an amazing journey of fulfillment

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