The meaning of recovery..
re·cov·ery Listen to audio/r??k?v?ri/ noun
1 [count] : the act or process of becoming healthy after an illness or injury : the act or process of recovering — usually singular ? The patient made a miraculous recovery. ? Therapy played a vital role in his recovery. ? The card said, “Best wishes for a speedy recovery.” [=a quick return to health] ? She is expected to make a complete/full recovery. [=to recover fully; to have no lasting health problems] ? She's on the road to recovery. [=in the process of becoming healthy again]
2 : the act or process of returning to a normal state after a period of difficulty [count] — usually singular ? the forest's natural recovery after a fire ? The army helped with the recovery efforts after the storm. ? We should see a gradual economic recovery in the next few months. [noncount] ? This policy may slow the pace of economic recovery.
3 [noncount] : the return of something that has been lost, stolen, etc.
? We hope for the recovery of the stolen paintings. ? Their mission was the recovery of the space capsule. ? programmers trained in data recovery [=getting back computer files that are or seem to be lost]
4 [noncount] : the act or process of stopping the use of drugs, alcohol, etc., and returning to a healthy way of living
? Admitting that you are addicted to a drug is an important step toward recovery. ? She's battled alcoholism most of her life, but she's in recovery now.
5 [noncount] : the act of getting something (such as oil, gas, gold, etc.) out of a substance that is deep in the ground
? a technique used in oil and gas recovery
All of them imply an abnormal situation. I assume you meant a romantic relationship. Why does it have to be recovery? Why can't it be joyful reminiscence of what was?
Surely there must have been something good about it..
As long as you are thinking recovery, then it cannot happen..the very fact of thinking of recovering brings you to that frame of mind..a quicksand..