The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery as “a process of change whereby individuals work to improve their own health and wellness and to live a meaningful life in a community of their choice while striving to achieve their full potential.”
September is National Recovery Month, but the business of recovery is a 24/7 process 365 days per year. At Perry Wellness Center, we provide an environment that we believe helps promote the change process necessary for recovery.
SAMHSA has also established several principles of recovery that we think are worth remembering. Recovery should be:
Occurring via many pathways;
Supported by peers;
Supported through relationships;
Culturally based and influenced;
Supported by addressing trauma;
Involving individual, family, and community strengths and responsibility;
Based on respect; and (our favorite) –
Emerging from hope.
In one way or another, we all are in some process of recovery – if not from mental illness or substance abuse, perhaps from childhood trauma or other forms of addiction such as overeating. In your own life, think of the ways in which you can promote your own recovery. Look for support from others and always remember that recovery emerges from hope.