Ask someone what recovery is and you will probably get as many answers to that question as to how many people that you had asked to define the word "recovery". So, I thought it might be of some help to put forward how SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) defines recovery.
Their definition is as follows: Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life and strive to meet their full potential.
I think that their definition is succinct and appropriate but having said that I really do enjoy asking people in recovery what "recovery" means to them. Their answers are invariably sacred and personal. So,I am looking forward to hearing from the recovery community members and their personal responses to what the word "recovery" means to them. Hopefully, each response will in turn help others to understand what recovery is and help show that there are currently many people living in long term recovery with successful and productive lives.
There four major areas that always need to be addressed in order to support a life of recovery.
Giving individuals meaning to their lives is a critical component to establishing long term recovery. The individual beginning each day knowing that they are an integral part of our community's life gives hope and direction to the recovering person. These purposes may include employment, volunteering, faith based activities, school and other creative endeavors. These are just a few reasons that gives hope to the person seeking recovery.
Making informed healthy life choices that support mental, physical and emotional well being. Overcoming or managing symptoms that have held the individual back from a fully self-directed life and allowing the person to strive for their full personal potential is critical. Networking with other persons in long term recovery and sharing each other's messages of courage, strength and hope helps expand the countless new horizons of potentialities for the recovering person..
A place to live that is safe, stable and affordable. Nothing is more nurturing than the comforts of home.
The community in which the recovery person lives should foster support, social networking, friendships, safety and have an ever increasing ability to meet the needs not only of the recovering persons but also the community at large.
So, Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center chooses to "Live in the Solution" and not in the problem.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: be a part of the first annual "Walk for Recovery" on September 13th, 2014 call 419-621-9377 for details
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