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Guiding Principles of Recovery By SAMHSA

Recovery emerges from hope: The belief that recovery is real provides the essential and motivating message of a better future – that people can and do overcome the internal and external challenges, barriers, and obstacles that confront them.

Recovery is person-driven: Self-determination and self-direction are the foundations for recovery as individuals define their own life goals and design their unique path(s).

Recovery occurs via many pathways: Individuals are unique with distinct needs, strengths, preferences, goals, culture, and backgrounds ? including trauma experiences ? that affect and determine their pathway(s) to recovery. Abstinence is the safest approach for those with substance use disorders.

Recovery is holistic: Recovery encompasses an individual’s whole life, including mind, body, spirit, and community. The array of services and supports available should be integrated and coordinated.

Recovery is supported by peers and allies: Mutual support and mutual aid groups, including the sharing of experiential knowledge and skills, as well as social learning, play an invaluable role in recovery

Recovery is supported through relationship and social networks: An important factor in the recovery process is the presence and involvement of people who believe in the person’s ability to recover; who offer hope, support, and encouragement; and who also suggest strategies and resources for change.

Recovery is culturally-based and influenced : Culture and cultural background in all of its diverse representations ? including values, traditions, and beliefs ? are keys in determining a person’s journey and unique pathway to recovery.

Recovery is supported by addressing trauma : Services and supports should be trauma-informed to foster safety (physical and emotional) and trust, as well as promote choice, empowerment, and collaboration.

Recovery involves individual, family, and community strengths and responsibility: Individuals, families, and communities have strengths and resources that serve as a foundation for recovery.

Recovery is based on respect : Community, systems, and societal acceptance and appreciation for people affected by mental health and substance use problems – including protecting their rights and eliminating discrimination – are crucial in achieving recovery.
For further detailed information about the new working recovery definition or the guiding principles of recovery please visit:

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.


Photo Quote by Madeleine Pujals Maya

“Ladies respect and appreciate the men in your lives. Gentlemen serve and love the ladies in your life.” Madeleine

                                     Loneliness or Aloneness           by Madeleine Pujals Maya

There is a difference between loneliness and being alone. Loneliness is experienced even in the presence of many.
Aloneness is something we can enjoy and look forward to. Aloneness is a space where one can feel happy in one’s own company.
Loneliness is feeling isolated and detached even when others are there. It is related with feelings of disconnection that may be founded in depression and lack of high self-esteem.
Loneliness may be a symptom of a psychological disorder and a sign of depression. Loneliness is related to lack of self – confidence, self-worth and good self-esteem. Feeling chronically lonely may be a sign of deep depression and other mental health issues that can develop in risks such as suicide, brain dysfunction and substance abuse disorders.
Aloneness, on the other hand, is not dysfunctional. It is space one looks forward to recharge, to enjoy one’s own thoughts and company. It is a place of peaceful retreat.
Let‘s learn to distinguish between the two and not confuse a perfectly healthy state of aloneness with a the signs of a possible mental disorder.
Assess these behaviors as they may look the same, but are motivated by significant differences.
Aloneness is to be encouraged, as it is a space where we can explore our feelings and thoughts. It is a space of self-awareness motivated by a desire to find a place of mindfulness.
Loneliness is motivated by negative feelings associated by negative thoughts. Lack of self-worth and self-confidence are the some of the causes. Loneliness is a health risk and progressively worsens in the person’s quality of life with serious lack of social interaction and impairment of functioning.
Loneliness requires intervention, help and concern for those that are experiencing it. Aloneness, on the other hand is a coping skill that is experienced by those that search for and enjoy self-awareness. Aloneness is a mindful awareness; an awareness to explore and enjoy.
Written by Madeleine Pujals Maya

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