In the current automobile industry, vehicles that have been in major accidents (trucks, vans, etc., included) are designed to simply be replaced.

Too many fragile parts made from aluminum or carbon fiber are incorporated into these vehicles, which once compromised in a collision, are no longer reliable or even safe. In short, your sled can’t be recovered. It’s damaged beyond repair. Time to buy a new one.

Some believe the same holds true for people – yes, people who have recovered from an alcohol or drug addiction.

Those who have suffered substance abuse are damaged goods, and will always be regarded as such no matter if they are recovered.

This is counterintuitive to the rehabilitation process, which is designed to make you a better person once you decide to end your addiction. So, the problem with “damaged goods” doesn’t truly begin there.

It begins when people treat you like a car that’s been in an accident. That once you’ve had your frame bent or your engine and transmission blown, you’re nothing more than scrap.


Speak with someone who has intimate knowledge of the detox and rehabilitation experience, and they will more-than-likely disagree with the idea that a person who is recovered has also been weakened from their drug use as well as their drug recovery.

Those who understand the power of rehabilitation will instead claim that the rehab process can make a person stronger, particularly those who attend inpatient rehabilitation.


Overcoming an addiction definitely has its benefits. One particular benefit is you’ve gotten out from under a treacherous, life-threatening disease to emerge the victor.

Immediately, your lifestyle will better itself. You will no longer be “compromised” by alcohol and/or drugs. You will instead give yourself the opportunity to concentrate much more fully on your tasks at hand and in the future.

You will also feel better: no more hangovers, no more retching for additional drugs as well as cravings from withdrawals. Nothing like that.


You might not immediately feel it, but your detox and rehabilitation have probably made you physically stronger. This is because while in recovery, you have hopefully taken advantage of your rehabilitation center’s exercise and diet programs, as well as their therapy groups.

Between the healthy eating, the exercise and therapy, your mind and body have grown in power to a point much further than when you were using.


Rarely do finances get their just mention within discussions surrounding alcohol and drug abuse. Nevertheless, they are important to note.

Simply put, the money you spent on booze or cocaine, or anything else, has now become a positive windfall for you and your finances. You are no longer dropping hundreds of dollars all over town, but instead, whether you realize it or not, saving your money.


Self-repair makes up the juggernaut which is the human body and mind. Unlike modern-day cars and trucks who have no ability to repair themselves, we have the means to repair ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

What’s impressive about human repair, however, is in more instances than not, that repair makes us stronger individuals, and not machinery that has been compromised by abuse or accident.

So don’t let anyone suggest that you are somehow lesser than you were before you entered rehabilitation.

First of all, it takes an enormous effort to admit you have a problem and need rehab. Secondly, as the process of rehab progresses, you’ll be able to see and work on your shortcomings that led you to addiction, and quickly build those up for a better future life.

Recovery is not admitting defeat or weakness. It is actually the opposite in which you should claim strength, honor and victory.

If you can claim these three qualities, you are anything but damaged goods. You, in fact, are better than you have ever been in life.

If you or a loved one have an addiction to alcohol, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.

If You’re Recovered, Are You Damaged Goods?