Recovery doesn't start until the person has acknowledges and accepts their illness.
Until I has accepted I illness, I didn't know where to start my recovery. I didn't believe I had an illness . When I accepted my illness, I didn't like, but I then had a choice to an action I could stay in denial or move forward and do something to manage my life how ever slow the process was going to be. But for me and my peers that I met in support groups acceptance came first, then recovery began.
Gloria Dialectic commented
I agree. One has to recognize that one has an illness to seek treatment and recovery.