If you would like to give SAMHSA your opinion on the definition and principles they've developed, we encourage you to visit the "Recovery Defined" post on the SAMHSA blog, and leave a comment on their "Definition of Recovery Forum."
Okay, hold on for a minute: Let's remember our history and the important contribution system of care partners have made to understanding Resilience and Recovery. The 2005 issue of Focal Point examined the concepts of resilience and recovery and what they mean in the context of mental health care for children and adolescents. The amazing work done then is still relevant today.
- You can read the entire journal issue on the Pathways 2 Positive Futures website.
- At a minimum, read Barbara Friesen's important article - The Concept of Recovery: "Value Added" for the Children's Mental Health Field?
- Additionally, take a look at the National Federation's guidance for providing feedback on the Recovery Support Initiative.
Most important? Do your homework and speak your mind.
Okay, now read what SAMHSA has to say about Recovery and let them know what you think:
Over the past year—as part of its Recovery Support Strategic Initiative—SAMHSA has worked with a range of stakeholders to develop a working definition of recovery that "captures the essential, common experiences of those recovering from mental and substance use disorders," as well as 10 guiding principles that support recovery.
Here's what they have come up with:
- Recovery From Mental and Substance Use Disorders - A process of change through which individuals work to improve their own health and well-being, live a self-directed life, and strive to achieve their full potential.
- We agree with the National Federation that while the definition may be a good framework for adults, it is too narrow if applied to children, youth and emerging adults.
What do you think? If you would like to give SAMHSA your opinion on the definition and principles they've developed, we encourage you to visit the "Recovery Defined" post on the SAMHSA blog, and leave a comment on their "Definition of Recovery Forum."