Parallel Recovery for Families - Lisa Smith
Introduction: Happy New Year! As we embark on this fresh journey into 2024, I'm thrilled to share insights and inspiration with you, drawing from a recent TEDx talk that holds a special place in my heart. In the spirit of new beginnings, let's explore "The Power of Parallel Recovery™" and how it can shape the landscape of substance use and mental health disorders.
Unveiling the Power of Parallel Recovery™ In a recent TEDx talk, I dove into the pervasive issue of Substance Use Disorder, reaching epidemic levels and leaving families isolated, grappling with its profound impact, and without effective support. The talk explores the concept of "Parallel Recovery™" as a transformative approach to reverse the alarming statistics of substance use and its resulting tragic outcomes.
What is Parallel Recovery™? "Parallel Recovery™" is an approach to connection, invitation, treatment, and recovery that acknowledges the vital role that families can play in the process. It recognizes that addiction and recovery affects and requires not just the individual but the entire family unit. This approach involves integrating the family into the recovery journey, creating a parallel path where both the individual and their loved ones can heal and thrive.
Connection and Sustainability: The Foundations of Parallel Recovery™ At its core, "Parallel Recovery™" emphasizes the power of connection and sustainability. By involving the family in the recovery process, we forge stronger bonds that become a foundation for lasting change. The connections built within the family unit create a supportive environment where individuals in recovery feel understood, valued, and motivated to begin and sustain their progress. The family also becomes an influence and greater support by modeling the process of recovery in their own lives.
How Does Parallel Recovery™ Support Substance Use Recovery?
Inclusive Healing: "Parallel Recovery™" extends the healing process beyond the individual struggling with substance use to encompass the entire family. It fosters an inclusive approach to recovery, recognizing that everyone plays a role in the journey to wellness or participation in the problem.
Shared Understanding: Families gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of substance use, enabling them to support their loved ones with empathy and compassion. By sharing the recovery journey, families break down stigma and build a common ground for healing.
Building Resilient Relationships: The connections formed through "Parallel Recovery™" are resilient. They withstand the challenges of an often lengthy journey, creating a robust support system and enhancing the chances of sustained recovery.
Elevating Your Journey in 2024 As we step into the new year, consider incorporating the principles of "Parallel Recovery™" into your family's journey. Whether you're supporting a loved one in active substance use, in recovery, or seeking support for yourself, let this approach be a guide. Explore the power of connection, sustainability, and communication, creating a roadmap for profound healing.
Watch the TEDx Talk For a deeper exploration of "The Power of Parallel Recovery™," I invite you
to watch my TEDx talk. Discover how this transformative approach can bring about positive change and empower families on the path to recovery.
Closing Thoughts May this year be one of transformative growth, connection, and healing. Together, let's embrace "The Power of Parallel Recovery™" and create a brighter, more empowered future for ourselves and our loved ones.