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Supporting Recovery In Southport


Put simply Recovery is about having and building a meaningful, satisfying and contributing life and using your strengths to become all you want to be!

A person’s journey of recovery is a personal process. It is about developing a meaningful and satisfying life regardless of a condition or diagnosis. Recovery-identifying, using and developing your skills and talents to become all you want to be and do all you want to do!

Specialist treatment like therapy and medication may be important but it is only a small part of the story. Everyone's journey of recovery is individual and uniquely personal – there is no formula, but there does appear to be three things that are critical:

  • HOPE - Recovery is impossible without hope. Relationships are key in supporting and fostering hope. It is difficult to believe in yourself if everyone around you thinks you will never amount to very much. When you find it hard to believe in yourself and your possibilities you need others to believe in you and hold on to hope for you.
  • CONTROL - Recovery involves taking back control. This may involve taking control of your life and destiny and finding purpose, meaning and direction in life, deciding what is important to you and finding new dreams and ambitions. It may also include taking control of your own recovery and self-care and working out ways of managing problems so they don’t get in the way of you pursuing your goals and deciding what help and support you need to pursue your ambitions.
  • OPPORTUNITY - Recovery is impossible without opening-up opportunity for a life beyond addiction. Doing the things that give your life value such as meaningful occupation, work, and participation in community life and leisure activities.

Recovery is About:

  • Living Hopefully.
  • Taking Control Over Your Problems and Your Life.
  • Pursuing Your Dreams and Ambitions.

Recovery Involves:

  • Building A New Sense of Self, Meaning and Purpose.
  • Growing Within and Beyond What Has Happened to You.
  • It Is a Journey of Discovery… 
  • You Are More Than Your Diagnosis.
  • You Are the Expert.
  • You Don’t Need to Rely on Services and Professionals.
  •  Your Journey Continues After Services.
  • Your Experiences Are Not Totally Negative.

12 Things That Mess Up RECOVERY

  1. Believing addiction to one substance is the only problem.
  2. Believing sobriety will fix everything. Recovery begins with breaking the bonds of addiction. But this is only the first step on a long journey. Recovery is ultimately about recovering our spiritual, or true, self.
  3. Pursuing recovery with less energy than pursuing addiction. We should pursue recovery with the same tenacity and enthusiasm that we had when we were drinking or using other drugs.
  4. Being selectively honest. Recovery requires rigorous honesty. Nothing less will work. We are as sick as we are secretive. Recovery is like a salvage operation…we are recovering our lost self.
  5. Feeling special and unique. Humility is the spiritual foundation of recovery. To feel worthy, we do not need to be unique. People who do best in recovery are those who surrender and follow suggestions.
  6. Not making amends. To develop a strong spiritual foundation for recovery, it is essential that we accept full responsibility for our harmful and hurtful behaviour and that we attempt to repair the damage that we have caused in our relationships with family, friends and loved ones.
  7. Using a Recovery Program to try to become perfect. Most of our life has been spent trying to be perfect. This has been a fruitless goal. Instead we need to learn how to become more human.
  8. Confusing Self-Concern with Selfishness. Self-concern is different from selfishness. It does not exclude others; it is inclusive. Part of our self is concerned with cooperating with and pleasing others. These desires are natural and healthy, when they are balanced with personal integrity.
  9. Playing futile self-improvement games. Recovery requires honesty. Playing games with ourselves is dishonest and doesn’t address our problems. It is instead a sophisticated strategy to avoid dealing with our problems. Avoidance is ultimately destructive to the process of recovery.
  10. Not getting help for relationship troubles. Dysfunctional relationships are one of the top three causes of relapse.
  11. Believing that life should be easy. Life is difficult. The sooner we are initiated into this reality, the sooner we learn how to deal with life on its terms rather than waste our time looking for the easy way.
  12. Using a Recovery Program to handle everything. Recognising our need for additional help is an indication that we are working a good program.
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