Pascal Scoles, DSW, LCSW

All recovery is about personal empowerment and transformation. Updating the addiction system based on integrated recovery principles requires service recipients and traditional professional allies to work together to bring about clinical changes. An integrated recovery management approach must be a disciplined personal and clinical experience that is one’s responsibility and not contingent or dependent on our day-to-day world. The path of resilience and transformation recovery needs an integrated paradigm shift that will facilitate change by the individual and the counseling profession toward a more holistic model of health that reinforces the biopsychosocial and spiritual dimensions of recovery. Besides the traditional models of care, managing an individual recovery must use various therapies, which address the body’s energy fields. To ensure a more significant opportunity for sustained health, clinicians need to embrace Eastern practices such as massage, meditation, and the Asian methods of acupressure and acupuncture in reducing stress, tension, and anxiety. The cornerstone to a holistic, transformative recovery approach also assumes whole foods, medicinal herbs, and nutritional supplements to enhance diet, build physical balance, and nourish the body’s tissues.

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