A new working definition of Recovery (SAMHSA):
“A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
While my book’s title seems to focus on addiction, the real message is about recovery, which is a state of living and way of thinking that applies to everyone. Addiction is what keeps us from living in recovery.
This new definition of recovery from SAMHSA is in total congruence with not only the message in Addict America: The Lost Connection, but with many books and movies and music from around the world. We are all Connected, and these universal themes manifest in so many ways because of that Connection. Someone once said “There is nothing new under the sun” and this is true because no one has a thought that is not part of that higher consciousness that is available to everyone who opens themselves to it.
This SAMHSA definition expresses so beautifully what it takes to live a fulfilling, satisfying, and joyfully challenging life. We don’t need money or power or any of the addictive substances or behaviors that we use to fill our emptiness, escape our pain, or to feel important. We need only to be present, turn our energy outwards to engage with others and make the world a better place, and to fully express our creativity.
Recovery is for all of us. Make a commitment to this “process of change” and experience the joy of Connection!