Hiya ROBERT - here's my answer to your original question.
Instead of "recovering" or "recovered", or even "growing up", I think what best describes all of us who aren't going backwards (e.g., "dry") is this:
For me anyhow, I LOVE SOBRIETY! This way I can always look at sobriety in terms of the RELATIONSHIPS I'm building with God, myself, and other human beings along this journey of life. For me, sobriety is a relationship - a realtionship with a "spirit" - the "spirit of sobriety".
By the way - here's what is said in the "Basic Text" about "recovering" versus "recovered":
Page 129: "Our women folk have suggested certain attitudes a wife may take with the husband who is recovering."
Page 17: "Nearly all have recovered."
Page 20: "...we have recovered from a hopeless state of mind and body."
Page 29: "Further on, clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered."
Page 44: "If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago."
Page 90: "If he says yes, then his attention should be drawn to you as a person who has recovered."
Page 96: "...he might have deprived many others, who have since recovered, of their chance."
Page 113: "He knows that thousands of men, much like himself, have recovered."
Page 132: "We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others."
Page 133: "We, who have recovered from serious drinking, are miracles of mental health."
Page 146: "An alcoholic who has recovered, but holds a relatively unimportant job, can talk to a man with a better position."