Stage I Recovery "Breaking-Up" The Relationship Model of Addiction - A New Paradigm for Understanding Addiction and Recovery Stage I of Recovery - "Breaking-up" Recovery is a transitional journey -- getting out of unhealthy, addictive relationships and into healthy, emotionally nourishing relationships. An addiction is a relationship with a means of relief. It's a 'bad' or unhealthy relationship. The recovery journey, as is the case with any 'bad' relationship, once you recognize it is a 'bad' relationship, you will want to get out - "break-up." However, due to the strong emotional dependency you've developed, there are a number of hurdles you must get over in order to extricate yourself from this relationship. There are seven "stopping or destination points" in Stage I of your recovery journey.