SAHMSA Provides Universal Definition of Recovery

SAHMSA Provides Universal Definition of Recovery

For years it has become obvious that an operational definition of what constitutes “recovery” was needed in order to develop and provide mental health and addiction services to those individuals who need it most. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) collaborated with legislators, former addicts, their families and treatment centers as part of the Recovery Support Strategic Initiative to develop a definition that would represent a universal picture that would apply to all those working to overcome a substance abuse or mental health issue.

The definition has been a work in progress for over a year and has gone through several drafts and revisions. The final revision evolved with the help of technology through a blog post that invited public feedback. The posting received over 1,200 comments that all contributed to the following new SAMHSA definition for recovery:

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

Collaborative Effort Defines Factors That Underlie Successful Recovery

The SAHMSA Recovery Support Strategic Initiative after much debate settled upon four aspects that must need attention for successful long-term recovery to take place. These dimensions include an individual’s:

  • Health
  • Home
  • Purpose
  • Community

When a person takes care of their physical, emotional and spiritual health, has a safe, stable home, and a sense of purpose in the world with a community to support them, then recovery becomes a greater possibility. There are no guarantees, but these are the factors that when in place provide the greatest potential for success. Therefore these are the areas quality treatment centers target to help patients as part of the treatment process.

SAHMSA Provides Guiding Principles to Further Support the Recovery Process

Those collaborating with SAHMSA further extrapolated the four main factors into the following guiding principles that should be taken into account when facilitating or undergoing recovery. They state recovery:

  • Emerges from hope
  • Is person-driven
  • Occurs via many pathways
  • Is holistic
  • Is supported by peers and allies
  • Is supported through relationship and social networks
  • Is culturally based and influenced
  • Is supported by addressing trauma
  • Involves individual, family, and community strengths and responsibility
  • Is based on respect

If you or someone you care about is seeking the help of addiction or mental health treatment, keeping these guiding principles in mind can help to make sure your recovery stays on track. Contact us at Alta Mira today and let us match you with one of our treatment programs that follow the guidelines listed above. Our treatment programs provide evidence-based therapies with the highest probability for long-term recovery. Call us now.