The US federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers some thoughts.
First, it lists four main cornerstones for a life in recovery:
• Health: overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional wellbeing.
• Home: a stable and safe place to live;
• Purpose: meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society; and
• Community: relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.
Informed choice is part of the self-empowerment of Lifering.
SAMHSA’s definition has other elements congenial to Lifering, too.
They’re all part of what it calls guiding principles of recovery, and include:
• Recovery emerges from hope;
• Recovery is person-driven;
• Recovery occurs via many pathways;
• Recovery is holistic;
• Recovery is supported by peers and allies;
• Recovery is supported through relationship and social networks;
• Recovery is culturally-based and influenced;
• Recovery is supported by addressing trauma;
• Recovery involves individual, family, and community strengths and responsibility;
• Recovery is based on respect.
These guiding principles, in general, tie in well with Lifering’s ideas of self-empowerment. Read more about the details of what SAMHSA says each involves.