Georgia’s Recovery Definition and Guiding Principles & Values

Georgia’s Recovery Definition

(9-20-13 Version)

Recovery is a deeply personal, unique, and self determined journey through which an individual strives to reach his/her full potential.  Persons in recovery improve their health and wellness by taking responsibility in pursuing a fulfilling and contributing life while embracing the difficulties one has faced.

Recovery is not a gift from any system. Recovery is nurtured by relationships and environments that provide hope, empowerment, choices and opportunities.

Recovery belongs to the person. It is a right, and it is the responsibility of us all.

Georgia’s Recovery Guiding Principles & Values 

(9.20.13 version)


  • Emerges from hope               
  • Is person-driven
  • Strengths based
  • Age Independent
  • Recognizes the wisdom of “lived experiences”
  • Occurs via many pathways
  • Is holistic        
  • Is supported by peers, allies, advocates and families
  • Is nurtured through relationships and social networks
  • Is culturally based and influenced
  • Is anchored in wellness- addressing a person’s emotional health, environmental well being, financial satisfaction, intellectual creativity, occupational pursuits, physical activities, social engagement and spiritual health
  • Addresses trauma
  • Supports self- responsibility               
  • Empowers communities
  • Is based on respect