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Recovery Is A Reality

Jennifer Wheeler
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Recovery doesn't happen alone. Treatment is an integral piece for recovery from substance abuse because it empowers the individual to select the path for change.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, “Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life.”

12 Guiding Principles Of Recovery

(Shared by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc.)

·         There are many pathways to recovery.

·         Recovery is self-directed and empowering.

·         Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation.

·         Recovery is holistic.

·         Recovery has cultural dimensions.

·         Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness.

·         Recovery is supported by peers and allies.

·         Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude.

·         Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition.

·         Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma.

·         Recovery involves rejoining and rebuilding a life in the community.

·         Recovery is a reality. It can, will and does happen.

Recovery support is provided not just through treatment but also through services and community-based programs by behavioral health care providers, peer providers, family members, friends and social networks, the faith community, and people with experience in recovery. Recovery support services help people enter and navigate systems of care, remove barriers to recovery, stay engaged in the recovery process, and live full lives in communities of their choice.

Recovery support services include culturally appropriate services that assist individuals and families working toward recovery from mental and/or substance-use problems. They incorporate a full range of social, legal and other services that facilitate recovery, wellness and linkage to and coordination among service providers, and other supports shown to improve quality of life for people in and seeking recovery and their families. To learn more about recovery support, go to www.samhsa.gov/recovery.

New Life Addictions Counseling and Mental Health Services has been providing services to the community for more than 30 years. New Life Addiction Counseling accepts Maryland Medicaid and most commercial insurances. Find the business at 4231 Postal Court in Pasadena or online at www.newlifeacs.com. Call 410-255-4475 for a prompt, confidential appointment.


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