Recovery Oriented System Of Care

12 Guiding Principles

  1. There are many pathways to recovery.
  2. Recovery is self-directed and empowering.
  3. Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation.
  4. Recovery is holistic.
  5. Recovery has cultural dimensions.
  6. Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness.
  7. Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude.
  8. Recovery involves a process of healing and re-definition for self and family.
  9. Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma.
  10. Recovery is supported by peers and allies.
  11. Recovery involves (re)joining and (re)building a life in the community.
  12. Recovery is a reality.  

Multiple Pathways of Recovery

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Recovery Defined: A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. Recovery is more than simply abstinence from alcohol and other drugs.  

It is important to emphasize the distinction between pathways TO recovery and pathways OF recovery.

We define pathways of recovery as those practices, programs, rituals, and customs people use to maintain and sustain recovery.
Or, such as Medicated Assisted, Natural, Family, Alternative, and Mutual Support Aids.

In Comparison pathways to recovery can range from crisis events like treatment, experience within the criminal justice system, a personal epiphany, or according to the Recovery Research Institute (RRI) there are multiple ways TO
Those pathways are…

Recovery processes aided by the services of a healthcare provider, clinician, or other credentialed professional.

Recovery processes that do not involve a trained clinician, but are often community-based and utilize peer support

Recovery Processes that involve no format services, sometimes referred to as “Natural Recovery.” 

There are many pathways to recovery!

Individuals are unique with specific needs, strengths, goals attitudes, behaviors, and expectations for recovery.

Pathways to recovery are highly personal, and generally involve a redefinition of identity in the face of crisis or a process of progressive change. Furthermore, pathways are often social, grounded in cultural beliefs, or traditions, and involve informal community resources which provide support for recovery.

The pathway to recovery may include one or more episodes of psychological and/or pharmacological treatment. For some, recovery involves neither treatment nor involvement with mutual aid groups.

Recovery is a lifelong process of change that permits an individual to make healthy choices and improve the quality of his or her life. 


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