Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Recovery Month: What does recovery look like?

SAMHSA defines recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

Here are some characteristics of recovery
  • Emerges from hope;
  • Is person-driven;
  • Occurs via many pathways;
  • Is holistic;
  • Is supported by peers and allies;
  • Is supported by relationships and social networks;
  • Is culturally based and influenced;
  • Is supported by addressing trauma;
  • Involves individual, family, and community strengths and responsibilities; and
  • Is based on respect.
SAMSHA defines the following aspects of life as the Eight Dimensions of Wellness
  1. Emotional: Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships;
  2. Environmental:Achieving good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being;
  3. Financial: Feeling satisfaction with current and future financial situations;
  4. Intellecutal: Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills;
  5. Occupational: Obtaining personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work;
  6. Physical: Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep;
  7. Social: Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system; and
  8. Spiritual: Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
source: SAMHSA

Do you have any experience in recovering from a mental health or substance abuse event? Does the information above correlate with your experience?


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