Defining Principles


Role Recovery & Resiliency

To encourage recovery, the agency adopts the following ten fundamental components of recovery developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

Self Direction

By definition, the recovery process must be self-directed.  Individuals define his/her life goals and designs a unique path to meet those goals.

Individualized and Person Centered

Recovery is based on each individual’s unique strengths and resiliency¬†as well as his/her needs, preferences, experiences, and cultural background in all of its diverse representations.


Individuals have the authority to choose from a range of options and to participate in all decisions that will affect their lives.


Recovery encompasses an individual’s entire life including mind, body, spirit, and community.


Recovery is not a step-by-step process, but one based on continual growth, occasional set backs, and learning from experience.


By building on their strengths, individuals move forward through interaction with others in supportive, trust-based relationships.

Peer Support

Individuals encourage and engage other individuals in recovery and promote each other with a sense of belonging, supportive relationships, valued roles, and community.


Self-acceptance and regaining belief in one’s self ensures the inclusion and full participation of individuals in all aspects of their lives.


Individuals have a personal responsibility to understand and give meaning to their experiences and identify the coping strategies and healing processes which will promote their own wellness.


Hope is a catalyst of the recovery process, providing the essential, motivating message of a better future.

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