A Holistic And Strengths Based Outlook Involving Aspects Of Restorative Practice

2195 Words Nov 13th, 2016 9 Pages
Controversy has seen latest interventions take an alternative stance by shifting away from total abstinence and instead incorporating a holistic and strengths-based outlook involving aspects of Restorative Practice. Separating the person from their behaviour, the concept of ‘recovery’ promotes positive change by supporting and working with service users to address internal conflict, wider troubles, like homelessness and unemployment, and develop a sense of life purpose. The key message is one of hope. For parents with problematic substance misuse this ideally is gained by being confident and capable of independently facing responsibilities, as well as be effective and caring with parenting so children are actively encouraged to reach their potential (HM Gov, 2010). In light of this, recovery catches people where they are in their substance misuse, but educates, empowers and guides individuals to utilise their ‘Recovery Capital’, personal and community attributes like support networks, to manage their substance usage in a less destructive way. This journey to ‘self-actualisation’ adopts roots within person-centred practice which is proven to be effective for gently influencing individuals to take control and assess their own wants at the pace, time and way that suits them (Miller and Clunies, 2000; Markwick, 2013).

The challenge with initiating Recovery is breaking down numerous barriers of apprehension and fear which typically block people and result in the refusal to…

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