Principle #4: Recovery includes your unique strengths, needs, and background.
In a recent article, I discussed how the way that we look at recovery is changing and opening up to include recovery from mental illness. The reality is that it is impossible to separate a person’s addiction from their mental health recovery. The two often come as a package, and even when a person does not experience both, recovery from addiction or mental health can be remarkably similar.
The definition of recovery has been reframed as a “working definition,” meaning that how we see addiction and mental health recovery will continue to evolve. SAMSHA’s definition is:
The definition contains four key statements which I have written about here. Over the coming weeks, I will be featuring the 10 Guiding Principles of Recovery as outlined by SAMSHA.
Principle #4. Recovery occurs via many pathways – “Recovery encompasses an individual’s whole life, including mind, body, spirit, and community.”
- Recovery is not just about the drugs. It is about your family, your job, your mental health and your spiritual life.
- Recovery is multi-dimensional. It involves your mind, your body, your spirit, and your community.
To make this practical:
- If recovery is about your whole life, how can you do just one thing differently to connect with your mind, body, spirit and community?
- Change is never about revolutionizing your life. Change starts small. How can you start small and care for your whole self?
- You can read more about recovery by searching my blog for “Addiction” or “Recovery.” You can also read more about Addiction: Forgetting Your Way into Recovery.
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