The nature of addictions is to upset the balance in one's life. The dopamine pleasure circuit takes over the driver's seat, leading the addict down a pathway to sickness and trouble. Recovery is all about recovering a healthy balance, enabling the recovering addict and her family to enjoy all aspects of life. It may be that the recovering addict never knew a balanced life prior to her addictions. The process of learning and discovering what that means can be a joyful and rewarding experience.