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(CLOSED) Guiding Principles of Recovery

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The ideas and comments below were submitted in response to SAMHSA’s request for feedback on the working definition of recovery and the guiding principles that support recovery (http://blog.samhsa.gov/2011/08/12/recovery-defined-%E2%80%93-give-us-your-feedback/). The forum closed on August 26th and is no longer accepting
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Tell us your views on the 10 guiding principles of recovery? What do you like about the principles, and what changes do you suggest?

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  1. domains of life

    Focusing on an issue in a person’s life rather than on an “illness”, after all if a person was stress because they where homeless you dont give them some ativan and say be off with you, you help them find a place to sleep.

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    • 12 step

      Self-Help,Program is a Spiritual Foundation for individuals in the Community

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      • I like the focus on common elements of recovery for mental health and substance use disorders

        for both it is process of change , which is ongoing, For both acceptance is the key to recovery. I agree with the four scopes important for life in recovery: health, home, purpose and community. Great work!

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        • Inlcude the political, ecologiocal and spiritual dimentions

          The Ten Principles are right on, however, a truly holistic approach to recovery must take into consideration the ecological and political dimensions that so deeply affect individuals, families, communities and entire nations. “Recovery” ultimately connects us with some of the most important issues of social and environmental justice affecting humanity right now.

          We are closely bonded with every other human being in the planet, and with the very complex living systems that support our existence. We cannot speak of individual recovery while at the same time ignore the conditions that contextualize the war, oppression and subjugation currently fostering trauma and…

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            • Importance of Hope & a Solid Support System

              Recovery is about consumers learning how to manage their illness in order to ultimately manage their lives. Recovery is an individualized process that can be measured via domains that reflect life outcomes (finding and maintaining a job, keeping a home, feeling connected to the community) as well as through equally valuable measures about an individual’s perception of their self-confidence & self-esteem, how empowered the individual feels, and how hopeful the individual is or is becoming

              Developing a definition of recovery and establishing guiding principles enable both individuals and systems to measure progress toward realizing levels of successful recovery or facilitating…

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                • Responsibility and accountablity of supportive services and those who provide them. Tip 35

                  Years of observation, experince, education and working knowledge of behavioral health there is a dual responsi services and services providers and those are in need of supportive services, for success in their process of Recovery.

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                  • 3 votes
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                          • goal is to reduce the impact of substance abuse ?

                            only way to reduce impact is to decriminalize all drugs . making criminals out of millions of people is simply destroying this country; and the world .
                            this is not a new idea ; people have been on tv trying to explain this simple fact

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                            • prevention - nothing is done to find external causes

                              shrinks totally ignore underlying causes and external factors . they insist it is all brain chemistry . as long as this continues there is no hope . looking for external factors could lead to PREVENTION ; which would be much better then recovery

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                                • psychiatry is a scam

                                  shrinks make a lot of money , but dont have to do anything. they have no reason to change a scam that works . anyone who complains is labled insane . complain loudly and you are locked up , drugged and tortured .

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                                  • Recovery is Ideally person-driven, but not always

                                    While I think the idea behind most of the listed guiding principles is sound, I do take issue when it states that “Recovery is Person-Centered”, instead I think it would be more appropriate to state that “Ideally, recovery is person-centered,” since that is not always possible.

                                    I apologize for the long response, but many people on this site have called people’s statements into question based on lack of evidence.

                                    There is a small, but very important, population being ignored throughout these various threads, those who are the most severely ill and lack the insight that they are indeed ill. This…

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                                    • Ignores the fact that diseases need treatment

                                      The principles are merely a guide to healthy living for EVERYONE, but say very little about the fact that severe mental illness are biological and demand at minimum medical treatment as well as counseling and essentials such as secure housing that are necessary to management of any illness. Thousands of people lack most or all of these; they should be SAMHSA's priority.

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                                      • Education is key

                                        Providing educational classes on nutrition, healthy alternatives, cooking, basic living skills, etc. must be key at community support programs, drop-in centers, wellness centers, etc. Also disseminating helpful resources such as the Harm Reduction Guide would give c/s/x learning materials to motivate individual recovery.

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                                        • Substitute the word "love" for "recovery"

                                          If we substitute the word "love" for "recovery," we have a statement of 10 principles that is just as meaningful or meaningless. One cannot argue with these principles, but they are not any more helpful for achieving recovery (whatever that is) than for achieving love (whatever that is)..

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