The new SAMHSA definition of "Recovery" for both addictions and mental illness, "A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential." offers a rather simple, yet straightforward, view of what Maslow was suggesting as a general goal of most people of self-actualization. This idea/ concept is applicable across cultures and socio-economic statuses. As providers of behavioral health services we would do well to remember that our clients' recovery is enhanced when we providers are simultaneously engaged in our own recovery.
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Mark S. DeBord, LCSW, LLC