We view recovery as a nonlinear, dynamic, on-going process, and a journey which is unique to each individual.
We meet people wherever they may be along the recovery continuum, and in whatever stage of acceptance or readiness for change.
We believe hope is essential to recovery, and it is our job to hold and inspire hope, particularly when others may be struggling with their ability to do so.
We understand optimal health and well-being involves the integration of multiple dimensions of wellness.
We respect everyone has the right to take risks, make mistakes, and to have opportunities to learn from them. In fact, we see this as necessary to personal growth.
We recognize safety and trust are critical elements to relationships and environments that promote healing and resilience.
We believe recovery is not defined by a person’s diagnosis, label, level of ability/disability, form of addiction, or assigned funding category.
We acknowledge peer support is an evidence-based practice, and that peer specialists are most effective when they apply their own “lived experience” in the role of coaches, mentors, guides and navigators (and NOT as recovery “experts”)
We value cultural diversity, as we believe it enriches and strengthens our communities;
we respect the rights of others to have differing opinions, values, beliefs, backgrounds, traditions and preferences than our own.
Adopted by Wellness Connections’ Peer Advisory Council (PAC) September 2016