Stages of Recovery

Definitions and Models of Recovery

In the mental health field and programs adopted by various states, Recovery is defined as “the process of gaining control of one’s life, and the direction one wants that life to go, on the other side of an illness or trauma, and all of the losses associated with that experience.” A person moves from the Impact of the illness, crisis, or trauma, into a journey of recovery, conceptualized by Five Stages that represent how the person is currently relating to the sometimes debilitating aspects the illness, crisis or trauma.

The Stages of Recovery

  • Debilitating Aspects of Illness, Crisis or Trauma
  • Impact of the Illness, Crisis or Trauma
  • Life Seems Limited
  • A Spark of Hope
  • Change is Possible
  • Commitment to Change
  • Actions for Change

Hope is Essential

Hope is essential in moving from Impact or a belief that now one’s Life Seems Limited, to believing that indeed Change is Possible. That spark of hope can come from a variety of sources, including personal prayer, Bible study or a special scripture, encouraging words from a caring compassionate friend,  a book or article, a website, a support group, meetings with a pastor or counselor, education about the illness and treatments, other people’s testimonies, or glimpses of a new dream or mission in life.

In the context of the Stages of Recovery, Hope is defined as “the belief that one has both the ability and opportunity to engage in the recovery process.” Certainly, believers in Christ can do all things through Him who gives strength, and the same power which raised Jesus from the dead is at work in them. The Holy Spirit is living within them and counsels them, and the word of God in the Bible is living and active and powerful. There is not doubt that Christians have the ability and opportunity to embark on the road to recovery.

What Can Help?

  • Coaching
  • Peer Support
  • Belief Therapy
  • Biblical Counseling

Peer Support Helps

Need Someone Who Understands What You’re Going Through?

Peer Support Specialists – Who they are and what they do

Peer Support Specialists are credentialed para-professionals trained in principles to aid people in beginning or returning to a personal plan and path of recovery. Peer Specialist training, now being provided in many states through mental health initiatives, centers around concepts and tools that can be used to encourage and support another person (a peer) in their own recovery. The principles are easily adapted to recovery from mental illness, physical illness, trauma, etc.

Ways that Peer Specialists may come alongside and help another person in their recovery include:

  • Sharing their own recovery story
  • Leading support groups
  • Coaching or mentoring
  • Facilitating Recovery Dialogue groups
  • Accompanying the person to appointments or events
  • Teaching workshops or classes, giving presentations
  • Encouraging individuals and providing peer counseling

Tools that Peer Support Specialists teach or use include:

  • Environments that support recovery
  • Beliefs and values that support recovery
  • Relationships that promote recovery
  • Creating the life one wants
  • Accomplishing one’s recovery goals
  • Facing one’s fears or doubts
  • Problem solving using “PICBA”
  • Dissatisfaction as an avenue for change

For more information about Peer Support Specialists and the services that LifeStories can provide, contact us via our Contact page. See also these websites:

The National Association of Peer Specialists

Depression and BiPolar Support Alliance

HELPER Training

Health Education Leadership Programs Enhancing Recovery

…a Peer Specialists is a HELPER:

H: Has a servant’s heart

E: Encourages and empowers

L: Leads by example

P: Promotes principles of wellness

E: Educates others

R: Responds to other’s needs

Peer Support Helps

Need Someone Who Understands What You’re Going Through?

Peer Support Specialists – Who they are and what they do

Peer Support Specialists are credentialed para-professionals trained in principles to aid people in beginning or returning to a personal plan and path of recovery. Peer Specialist training, now being provided in many states through mental health initiatives, centers around concepts and tools that can be used to encourage and support another person (a peer) in their own recovery. The principles are easily adapted to recovery from mental illness, physical illness, trauma, etc.

Ways that Peer Specialists may come alongside and help another person in their recovery include:

  • Sharing their own recovery story
  • Leading support groups
  • Coaching or mentoring
  • Facilitating Recovery Dialogue groups
  • Accompanying the person to appointments or events
  • Teaching workshops or classes, giving presentations
  • Encouraging individuals and providing peer counseling

Tools that Peer Support Specialists teach or use include:

  • Environments that support recovery
  • Beliefs and values that support recovery
  • Relationships that promote recovery
  • Creating the life one wants
  • Accomplishing one’s recovery goals
  • Facing one’s fears or doubts
  • Problem solving using “PICBA”
  • Dissatisfaction as an avenue for change

For more information about Peer Support Specialists and the services that LifeStories can provide, contact us via our Contact page. See also these websites:

The National Association of Peer Specialists

Depression and BiPolar Support Alliance

HELPER Training

Health Education Leadership Programs Enhancing Recovery

…a Peer Specialists is a HELPER:

H: Has a servant’s heart

E: Encourages and empowers

L: Leads by example

P: Promotes principles of wellness

E: Educates others

R: Responds to other’s needs