1. Discovering inner strength, own voice, personal skills set
  2. Developing personal value, confidence, competence
  3. Recovery is self-directed, individualized, non-linear, holistic, strength based, respectful, responsible and hopeful
  4. Self-empowering recovery allows individuals to believe in themselves and take risks. Achieved through a strong foundation of positive attitudes, values and beliefs combined with good coping skills, supports and resources.

Building Blocks:

  1. Conversation  –  changing beliefs  (Pre and Contemplative)
  2. Choice     – trying new things         (Preparation and Action)
  3. Action   – developing confidence   (Maintenance)

SMART Goals:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Resources
  • Timely

Stages of Change:

Individual is unaware of problem, then becomes aware of problem, concerned about risky behaviours, acquires knowledge about the problems, motivated to act through pros and cons, ready to act on acquired skills, tries new behaviours, assess the efficacy of change and, if successful, sustains behavioral change.

Stage Help

Ambivalence, hopelessness, no intention to change


Be supportive, listen, ask non-threatening questions, provide limited information


Growing awareness, open to feedback, indecisiveness


Support feelings, ask open questions, weigh pros and cons


Intent to take action (0 – 3 months)


Show understanding and support, be encouraging, offer more information


In process of change, new behaviours consistently practiced, (3 – 6 months)


Highly supportive, encouraging and impressed by small steps, focusing on future


Comfortable and confident with new behaviours (> 6 months)


Encouraging, identify working strategies, support feelings, look to future


Falls back into former stage


Highly supportive, talk about discrepancy, provide reassurance

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