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.
Mark S. DeBord, LCSW, LLC