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Today’s Word: recover (V.)

recover (v.) c. 1300, recoveren, “to regain consciousness,” also “regain health or strength after sickness, injury, etc.,” from Anglo-French rekeverer (13c.), Old French recovrer “come back, return; regain health; procure, get again” (11c.), from Medieval Latin recuperare “to recover” (source of Spanish recobrar, Italian ricoverare; see recuperation). The sense of “get (anything) back, get or regain possession or control of,” literally or figuratively, after it has been lost, is attested from mid-14c. In law, “obtain by judgment or legal proceedings,” late 14c. The transitive sense of “restore from sickness, restore (another) to health” is from c. 1600; that of “rescue, save from danger” is from 1610s. Related: Recovered; recovering. To recover arms (1680s) is to bring the piece from the position of “aim” to that of “ready.”

Let’s face it. Most of us are doing recovery work to get a possession back or regain control of something or someone. It doesn’t have to be a bad thing. We can regain use of loss of limbs if we desire it enough. We can get back things that were lost or stolen during addiction. (Oftentimes, lost or stolen things are what lead to addiction.) (:/)

Today when people refer to recovery, most assume they mean from addiction to drugs or alcohol. The next logical assumption is the recovery is from illness… or grief. Those are what most feel are valid reasons to be “in recovery”. Losses of things, people, and control are what humans understand. Recovering from them is definitely a blessed event. But what if we were to strive beyond recovering the tangible and the lost and just regain consciousness?

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