I am reading another excellent book at the moment, A Practical Guide to Recovery-Oriented Practice by Larry Davidson and colleagues. Davidson has been a leading researcher at the forefront of the metal health recovery movement almost since it began.
This book is essential reading for anyone working in our field who is seriously interested in recovery.
In their book, Davidson and colleagues describe nine components of being in recovery. I will outline the first three components here, as described by these authors, but changed where necessary to be relevant to a person recovering from a serious substance use problem:
1. Renewing hope and commitment to one’s life
People in recovery describe the importance of having hope and believing in the possibility of a renewed sense of self and purpose in the process of recovery. This hope is based on a feeling that life holds more for one than it currently does, and it inspires a desire and motivation to improve one’s life…….