Everyone who has hit rock bottom and decided to take the step towards recovery knows that overcoming addiction and mental health trauma are no easy tasks. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) knows this and provides a list of guiding principles for helping you get your life back on track and overcoming your own demons.
The 10 Guiding Principles
- Hope - It doesn't matter if hope comes from within, from family and friends, or from providers and allies. Hope that you can one day do better and be better is the first step. You need to believe in yourself and that you can be the best you can be.
- Person-Driven - Confidence in yourself is key. You need to forge self-determination and self-direction. Define your own personal goals and forge your own path forward.
- Many Pathways - Everyone is different. There is no right way and no wrong way, there is only the right way for you. You bring your own talents and strengths to your recovery and it is up to you to find a way to utilize those skills to strengthen your chances of recovery.
- Holistic - You are out to heal your entire self, not just one part of you. Your mind, body, soul, and community are all connected and they all must heal as one to complete your whole self. You have to embrace self-care practices, relationships with your family and friends, safe housing, reliable employment and transportation, as well as proper education and treatment.
- Peer Support - You are not alone in this world. Through helping others and giving back to your community, you can find purpose and strength to move forward.
- Relational - It is important to have people who believe in you and your recovery in your corner. This support offers you the hope you need and encouragement when you get down.
- Culture - You are your values, traditions, and beliefs. Never feel you have to sacrifice this important part of yourself. Your recovery should walk hand in hand with your greater beliefs.
- Addresses Trauma - Whether your trauma is from physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, war, or disaster, trauma is often associated with substance abuse and mental health problems. Address your trauma so that it no longer holds you back.
- Strengths/Responsibility - You have a personal responsibility to identify your own strengths and to lead your own recovery but your support network has a responsibility to support you, just as a community has a responsibility to provide resources and opportunities as well as address discrimination facing members within it.
- Respect - Recovery is based on respect. You need to respect yourself, respect those around you, and you should expect respect in return. You are worthy of that.
Don't Go it Alone!
Just as the guiding principles say, you don't have to go it alone. Reach out today and call us to start your recovery with all the support you need and are entitled to. We are here for you and will help you get through this and be the version of yourself you always knew you could be.