The Other 9 Podcast 

with Mary Jadwisiak

This new podcast from Mary Jadwisiak and Holding the Hope will explore “The Other 9” Principles of Recovery.  Working from SAMHSA’s 10 guiding principles of recovery, as Peer Support is our default focus, we now want to talk about the rest!

Join Mary and guests as they explore “The Other 9” and thank you for listening!

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What are SAMHSA’s 10 Guiding Principles of Recovery?

1. Recovery Emerges from Hope

Recovering from addiction involves believing sobriety can be reached, cultivated and cemented as a way of life. To hope for sobriety is to understand it can be accomplished by anyone who embraces hope.

2. Recovery is Person-driven

Individuals in recovery are responsible for their actions, their thoughts and their behaviors. No one can force them to use again. While relapsing is often a part of recovery, it should never be blamed on another individual or situation. Recovering addicts learn how to take responsibility for their past, present and future actions during treatment with behavioral therapies and skills counseling.

3. Recovery Happens Through Many Pathways

What works to keep one person sober may not work for another person. Each individual faces their own set of unique challenges that should contribute to shaping their lifetime recovery plan.

4. Recovery is a Holistic Process

The word “holistic” refers to a whole-body approach to a person’s mental, physical and spiritual health. A successful recovery focuses on all three components of an individual’s overall health and well-being.

5. Recovery Needs the Support of Family, Friends and Peers

Leading a sober life means abandoning your previous life and embracing those who commit to helping you succeed as recovering addict.

6. Recovery is Supported by Developing Emotional Bonds with Empowering Individuals

Individuals in recovery must seek out others who believe in them, support them and promise to be there when needed in times of crises.

7. Recovery is Culturally-based

This principle means that recovery support services should always consider the cultural background, traditions and beliefs of people in recovery.

8. Recovery is Supported by Addressing Past Traumas

During treatment, recovering addicts must acknowledge, process and use coping skills to deal with traumatic experiences that contributed to their addiction.

9. Recovery Involves Family and Community Responsibility

Although individuals in recovery are ultimately responsible for maintaining their sobriety, family members and community resources should also assume some responsibility for helping those in recovery. This is especially important for recovering adolescents and young adults who may need sober housing, additional education and employment opportunities.

10. Recovery is Based on Respect

Society as a who must show recovering addicts the respect and dignity they deserve for their bravery and motivation to better themselves and their lives.

Episodes 1: The Guiding Principles with John Murphy