Caron treatment Centers has put forth the concept of "recovery for life." In the name of full disclosure, I am a Regional Clinical Vice President with that organization, but I must tell you I love that statement and the philosophy it represents.
The greatest intellectual and spiritual thinkers of the past, oh let us say, 500 years, have always inculcated the notion that life must go forward not backward! They realized that in order for humans to live productive lives, the totality of mind and body (spiritual and physical, if you will), must be appreciated in the context of the moment - the past is over and the future is constantly evolving.
Think of the philosopher, Theophrastus Phillippus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim, known as Paracelsus, who saw the body/spirit as evolving "for life." An alchemist and philosopher of the Renaissance period, Paracelsus believed in the concept of changing things from one state to another - if you relate this to sobriety, the individual is thus in a state of change as he/she changes from a physical and spiritual state of active addiction to a state of sobriety.