Our Core Values and Beliefs:
- 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