The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have set guidelines that help a family understand and navigate the recovery process for a loved one.
Both organizations have studied the types of changes a person must make when recovering not only from addiction but from any kind of disabling change in life. By publishing the results of their research, these organizations provide families with a greater understanding of the process of rehabilitation and thereby guide their search for the ideal rehab program.
To give families or individuals a greater understanding of how these life skills can be developed and the role they play in a person's lasting recovery, each of these skills is covered in greater depth in the articles listed below.
Health: This includes abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional wellbeing.
Home: A stable and safe place to live
Purpose: Meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society
Community: Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope
- The WHO report can be found here: http://www.who.int/mental_health/media/en/30.pdf
- The SAMHSA parameters can be found here: http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//PEP12-RECDEF/PEP12-RECDEF.pdf