Knowing what to do to support recovery

rsz_41nvcjhwrwl_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_sx342_sy445_cr00342445_sh20_ou02_Here’s an excellent description of ‘tasks’ for treatment workers, recovery coaches or peer supporters. This quote is taken from Stephanie Brown’s excellent book The Alcoholic Family in Recovery: A Developmental Model.

‘Being in recovery is a normal process, with clearly defined, predictable tasks and stages.  It is absolutely vital for therapists to know what is normal over time in the process of recovery or they may inadvertently try to treat, stop, or fix what is normal and necessary to growth.

It is the therapists job to stay out of the way of the natural healing process, to monitor progress, and to recognize past or current roadblocks that might interfere with people’s ability to remain abstinent and engaged in recovery.

It is also the therapist’s job to know the path, to anticipate the seemingly unresolvable conflicts that families will face, and to help them cope with these challenges in ways that will minimize secondary trauma.

The complicated task for the therapist is to constantly assess what is part of growth – for this person and this family – and what is the sign of difficulty that requires intervention. The individuals and family hopefully are doing the same thing.

It is the therapist’s task to listen, interpret, advise, educate, and coach all along the way. It is not the therapists’ job to dictate what change should be.’