(BRSSTACS) Recovery Conference Attendees in June 2014 in Richmond

MHA and MHAV with Rep John Lewis


September is Recovery Month


At MHAV, we witness daily the courage it takes to be on a recovery journey.

In honor of everyone everywhere who takes their first step or their one-thousandth, below are some definitions and SAMHSA’s fundamental components, that hopefully guide and inspire our own program development here at MHAV.

William Anthony, Director of the Boston Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation identifies recovery as “a deeply personal, unique process of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills and/or roles. It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life even with limitations caused by the illness. Recovery involves the development of new meaning and purpose in one’s life as one grows beyond the catastrophic effects of mental illness.”

U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s 10 Fundamental Components of Recovery

  • Self-Direction: Consumers lead, control, exercise choice over, and determine their own path of recovery by optimizing autonomy, independence, and control of resources to achieve a self-determined life.
  • Individualized and Person-Centered: There are multiple pathways to recovery based on an individual’s unique strengths and resiliencies as well as his or her needs, preferences, experiences (including past trauma), and cultural background in all of its diverse representations.