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“The act or process of becoming healthy after an illness or injury : the act or process of recovering”
(from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recovery

Recovery, in the therapeutic world, typically refers to a life-long process of becoming sober (“I am in recovery from alcoholism"). Likewise, in the recovery world, sober persons still refer to themselves as addicts, alcoholics, etc, acknowledging the “one day at a time” condition of sobriety.