The 10 Guiding Principles of Recovery: #2 Recovery is Within Your Grasp


Recovery is not what it used to be. The definition of “recovery” has changed and now includes recovery from mental illness. You don’t have to practice the 12 steps in order to recover. Your recovery is guided by principles that fit your life and help to bring out the best in you.

This is the third article in a series on what is recovery and the principles to make your recovery the best experience of your life. For the first article in the series, click on the photo above.

Principle #2: Recovery is person-driven – Self-determination and self-direction are the foundations for recovery as individuals define their own life goals and design their unique path(s) towards those goals. Individuals optimize their autonomy and independence to the greatest extent possible by leading, controlling, and exercising choice over the services and supports that assist their recovery and resilience. In so doing, they are empowered and provided the resources to make informed decisions, initiate recovery, build on their strengths, and gain or regain control over their lives.”

To make this practical:

  • How are making decisions to improve your life? You don’t need to change everything about your life, but the more that you practice making choices you will begin to take back your life from your addiction and from the impacts of your mental illness. 
  • Choices that you can make include deciding to exercise or move more, choosing to spend time with positive friends as opposed to the ‘energy vampires’ in your life, taking a few minutes each day to breathe and to intentionally be grateful, choosing an attitude of hope despite how difficult your circumstances, living by your values.

For more, you can find the full report by clicking here and by tuning into my blog.

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