Recovering from addiction isn’t just a matter of giving up drugs and/or alcohol and staying sober – it’s an ongoing effort to achieve health and wellness in every day life. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines wellness as “the presence of purpose in life, active involvement in satisfying work and play, a healthy body and living environment, joyful relationships, and happiness.”
SAMHSA urges people with mental and/or substance use disorders to make the following “Eight Dimensions of Wellness” part of their day to day.
SAMHSA’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness are:
1. Emotional: Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships.
2. Environmental: Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being.
3. Financial: Satisfaction with current and future financial situations.
4. Intellectual: Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills.
5. Occupational: Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work.
6. Physical: Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep.
7. Social: Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system.
8. Spiritual: Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
There’s no right or wrong way to incorporate these dimensions in your life. For example, you might simply pay attention to your physical wellness by exercising and eating right or your emotional wellness by practicing stress management and relaxation techniques. The goal is to think about practical, daily ways to improve your wellness in each of the specific categories.
Getting Young Adults Back on Track
Recovery treatment at Elm Tree empowers young adults whose lives have been disrupted by drug and alcohol addiction. Effective clinical therapies, innovative modalities and solid sobriety support are coupled with career and educational opportunities to return purpose and wellness to their young lives. To learn more, call today: 800-356-7497