Addiction recovery is best viewed as a process rather than an event, but the transition into recovery can sometimes be more a cataclysm than a product of incremental steps—more a lightning strike than a process of maturational learning—and the factors that sustain recovery over time may be quite different than those that trigger recovery initiation.(……)

One commonly hears in addiction treatment and in the rooms of recovery mutual aid circles that recovery is a time-involved, stage-dependent process.  From the iconic Jellinek Curve of the mid-twentieth century to the equally iconic and currently popular transtheoretical stages of change model of Prochaska and colleagues, addiction recovery is often portrayed as a slowly(……)