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Defining Recovery

What is recovery? It is an important question that warrants a direct answer, but it is difficult to find one singular definition. Why? It is hard to find a clear description of the word recovery. Recovery is a highly complex topic, one that still is not normalized in the conversations we have with one another. In this blog post, we hope to clarify the definition of recovery and recovery coaching.

"We communicate more effectively when we develop common understandings"

The Working Definition of Recovery

The working definition of recovery provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Services Administration states that recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. This singular definition is impactful for the recovery community. We believe that following this working definition provides an encompassing approach to finding and sustaining recovery. We fully believe that recovery is a continual process and that the process of change is what people can identify in themselves, and in their loved ones in recovery. We support individuals in getting back on track with their health and wellness goals in recovery, beginning the process of taking care of themselves again. Finally, living a self-directed life and striving to reach their full potential means that people that we work with can find the autonomy to navigate their life without addiction holding them back, reaching their full potential to live a fulfilling life.

As a society, we are able to communicate more effectively when we develop common understandings. As an organization, we are able to work more effectively when we all know what we are striving for. Recovery Frameworks utilizes this definition of recovery as the goal for all of our services.

"Helping those with substance use disorder feel confident in themselves and their new path of life"

Recovery with Recovery Frameworks

A crucial piece of one’s journey towards recovery is the resources available to them. They can include clinical support, medication, community support, family support, and lifestyle changes. What we do at Recovery Frameworks is provide individuals with recovery coaches. Coaches will track progress in recovery, according to the above definition, and provide the necessary tools for you or your loved one to succeed.

Our recovery coaches fit into you or your loved one’s life when seeking recovery, not the other way around. They motivate the people we work with to further their clinical support goals, facilitate interactions with community support, and help them reach lifestyle goals. At Recovery Frameworks, our recovery coaches are individuals in long-term recovery who assist the people they work with with their personal experiences. The purpose of any recovery coach should be to help their client feel confident in themselves and the new path of life that they have chosen. The recovery coaching process should center on the hope that those struggling can work towards recovery with the tools they need.


Clarity is Key

We hope that this first blog post not only clarifies what recovery is but that it also sparks

conversation between you and your loved one’s surrounding the topic. If you have any questions about the definition of recovery, we would love to talk with you. If you would like to know more about what it looks like to work with a recovery coach, reach out to us today. We look forward to continuing the conversation through our future blog posts.


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