A Belief in Recovery: Psychosocial Rehabilitation

in Blog
April 23, 2018

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North Range believes that all individuals have the capacity for learning and growth. We promote personal recovery, integration into one’s community of choice, and a meaningful, satisfactory quality of life for individuals with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder. Our practice is based on an evidence-based program called Psychosocial Rehabilitation and is informed by these principles:

image002Recovery emerges from hope: The belief that recovery is real provides the essential and motivating message of a better future–that people can and do overcome the internal and external challenges, barriers, and obstacles that confront them.

Recovery is person-driven: Self-determination and self-direction are the foundations for recovery as individuals define their own life goals and design their unique path(s).

Recovery occurs via many pathways: Individuals are unique with distinct needs, strengths, preferences, goals, culture, and backgrounds–including trauma experiences–that affect and determine their pathway(s) to recovery.

Recovery is holistic: Recovery encompasses an individual’s whole life, including mind, body, spirit, and community. The array of services and supports available should be integrated and coordinated.

Recovery is supported by peers and allies: Mutual support and mutual aid groups, including the sharing of experiential knowledge and skills, as well as social learning, play an invaluable role in recovery.

Recovery is supported through relationships and social networks: An important factor in the recovery process is the presence and involvement of people who believe in the person’s ability to recover; who offer hope, support, and encouragement; and who also suggest strategies and resources for change.

Recovery is culturally based and influenced: Culture and cultural background in all of its diverse representations–including values, traditions, and beliefs–are keys in determining a person’s journey and unique pathway to recovery.

Recovery is supported by addressing trauma: Services and supports should be trauma-informed to foster safety (physical and emotional) and trust, as well as promote choice, empowerment, and collaboration.

Recovery involves individual, family, and community strengths and responsibility: Individuals, families, and communities have strengths and resources that serve as a foundation for recovery.

Recovery is based on respect: Community, systems, and societal acceptance and appreciation for people affected by mental health and substance use problems–including protecting their rights and eliminating discrimination–are crucial in achieving recovery.

photo-borThese principles are not unique to North Range; they are derived from many sources, including SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration), Psychosocial Rehabilitation research and guidelines, Colorado State University focus groups, Mental Health Center of Denver, our clients, and others.

Recovery is driven by the person seeking services and is designed to address their unique needs. However it is achieved, it involves improving the quality of many aspects of one’s life, including social, vocational, educational, residential, and financial. We believe in helping make that possible for everyone who seeks our services.

photo-mikeMike McCormick
Administrative Director, Adult Services Network
North Range Behavioral Health