Recovery Principles

  1. Recovery lies within individuals, families and communities and is self-directed and empowering.
  2. Recovery lies within our “connectedness” to others, is holistic and has many cultural dimensions.
  3. Recovery is supported by peers, families and allies within communities.
  4. Recovery involves personal, cultural and structural recognition of the need for participative change, transformation and the building of recovery capital.
  5. Recovery involves a continual process of change and self-redefinition for individuals, families, organizations and communities.
  6. Recovery challenges all discrimination and transcends shame and stigma.
  7. Recovery emerges from hope, gratitude, love and service to others.
  8. There are many pathways to Recovery and no individual, community or organization has the right to claim ownership of the “right pathway.”
  9. Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and well-being.
  10. Recovery transcends, while embracing, harm reduction and abstinence based approaches and does not seek to be prescriptive.
  11. Honesty, self-awareness and openness lie at the heart of Recovery.
  12. Recovery is a reality and contagious.

Addiction Recovery Council of Virginia