Bridgehaven provides hope and recovery through innovative, comprehensive, community-based mental health services to adults living with mental illness.
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The Expectation of Recovery
Adult Peer Support Specialist
Today we have come so far. Recovery is the expectation and the goal for everyone. Persons with mental health issues and substance use issues can and do get better. As stated by SAMHSA, “Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to meet their full potential.” This statement in itself is a message of hope. It promotes opportunity, inclusion, potential, and wellness. It drives a movement today that consumers are valued and that even in the most difficult of situations they can survive and thrive. Recovery keeps consumers moving forward as it keeps the consumer believing in tomorrow. It is that hope that gets me out of bed in the morning.
As Peer Specialists, we live and model recovery every day, and we believe in the SAMHSA process of recovery statement. We know in our hearts that the people we work with can recover even when those people can’t see it in themselves. The belief in the recovery statement is what drives me to be the best Peer Specialist I can be.
We need to spread the word of recovery all over. With recovery as the goal, motivation and resiliency are the resounding reward and result. Recovery is by far a challenge and a process. We as Peer Specialists uphold the process of change, help those we work with to improve their health, encourage wellness, and lead the consumer to believe in their potential.
Now persons with mental illnesses and substance use issues have a recovery statement that is their mission statement. The statement reminds them of what they need to do in order to do well, and they draw hope from it’s encouraging words. If consumers believe in recovery; if they have hope; they will be who they truly want to be. With a mission statement like SAMHSA’s they foresee a future of opportunities and a method to get to that improved well-being and self.
As a Peer Specialist, you can read and introduce the recovery statement to others and work through its meaning with them. And as you share your story with them show them how the statement affects your own recovery and how you live its words each and every day.
Recovery is a wonderful thing. It is difficult for everyone but speaks the same truth of hope to all.
I live life as a process of change, knowing my possibilities are endless. On my bulletin board above my office desk the recovery statement is proudly hung. It is a constant reminder of my personal mission and my mission as a Peer Specialist.
So absorb the recovery words and speak them to all. We have our own recovery and have the ability to spread that recovery to others struggling. Maintain that hope. Continue to inspire. Live the process of change. And share your story so that everyone, no matter who, can believe in their future, in their potential, and that recovery is more than a possibility — it is the expectation.
You guys are great! You’re an inspiration! Your hope shines through! Keep that spirit strong and spread the word of recovery.
Your Friend and Peer Specialist,
Susan Klusman Turner