Guiding Principles of Recovery
The following principles provide a philosophical and conceptual framework for all people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. The following principles guide us as we move toward the belief and reality of recovery.
- There are many pathways to recovery.
- Recovery is self-directed and empowering.
- Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation.
- Recovery is holistic.
- Recovery has cultural dimensions.
- Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness.
- Recovery is supported by peers and allies.
- Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude.
- Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition.
- Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma.
- Recovery involves (re)joining and (re)building a life in the community.
- Recovery is a reality. It can, will, and does happen.
Source for Guiding Principles of Recovery: CSAT White Paper: Guiding Principles and Elements of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care.