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‘Recovery’ Defined by Mental-Health Experts!

Recovery is a beautiful, peaceful word for those who are suffering from addiction or mental illness. But here is an imperative question – what does it really mean? Read on to discover more about the study to re-define ‘recovery’ in terms of mental health.

On a Recovery Mode!
Across the nation, a year-long project has given a new definition to the term which is primarily meant to help policymakers, counselors and doctors from the field. And the novel definition might even help those who are in recovery!

The novel definition is thought-provoking, if not concise:

“A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”

On Thursday, the new definition was officially announced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. According to the Pamela S. Hyde, administrator of SAMHSA, it is “a significant milestone in promoting greater public awareness and appreciation for the importance of recovery, and widespread support for the services which can make it a reality for millions of Americans.”

Dimensions of Recovery Process!
Mental-health experts and other researchers, as part of the SAMHSA’s recovery, also elaborated 4 main dimensions which support a life in recovery:

  • Home: a safe and stable place to live;
  • Purpose: object-oriented and content daily activities, like creative endeavors, family care-taking, volunteerism, school or a job. Also, this includes resources, income and independence in society;
  • Community: social networks and relationships which provide hope, love, friendship and support.

The health document was open earlier this year for public comment. It also describes the “guiding principles” of recovery, which involves beliefs as recovery happens through many pathways, recovery is holistic and recovery is primarily driven by the concerned individual.

1 response to ‘Recovery’ Defined by Mental-Health Experts!

  1. Recovery really is a process and it is different for everyone. Perhaps if more people understood this, there would be more support for the recovery process.

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