Biopsychosocial Treatment and Recovery

CONNECTING THE DOTS Addiction creates complex health issues: Disorganised obsessive thinking. Constant mental and physical cravings. Compromised nutrition – sugar, fat and salt fast-food addiction. The lack of meaning and purpose in the immediacy of daily life (spiritual bankruptcy) causes great suffering…

Recovery has changed my life, and helped me reclaim authenticity, compassion, esteem and respect for myself and others.

People who are not addicts, ( I am married to one) understand addiction when I say “one is too many and a thousand not enough) because he observes me often struggle with emotional, mental and physical balance…and understands to clear the room when my character defects: frustration, procrastination, perfectionism and intolerance are making me act out in anger…he gets is that it is not about him…that we have done a lot of work around these issues is a measure of our commitment to “conscious coupling” that can left unattended slip into unconscious in a non second…but I digress…

I am person longterm. My recovery tribe – the global recovery community, is in multiple of millions, however it is an individual/person-centred recovery process….moreover the language of recovery is universal – I have sat in meetings India, Paris, Rome, Istanbul, and felt deeply connected to every single person in the recovery meeting room despite language, cultural, class, gender and age differences.

…the connection we share is compassionate and silent….until we invite other to share their lived experiences and the words we share unify, and do not divide us…our class does not separate us..it is without a doubt the most humbling of life experiences to be in recovery..to be of service, to compassionately helps others in need of sharing their problems in staying and or live a sober life…one day at a time…

I can often get caught up in the madness that is 21st centre urban living, however I am mindful of the constant need to unplug my “wanting machine” pause, return to NOW…and detach from this insta-world of want….

When a person is given the all clear after undergoing rigours treatments for cancer the doctor will state that their metabolic syndrome is cancer free…( vital organs) and their body is self-regulating to a higher level of optimal health.

The overarching burden of continued health problems in recovery is omitted in from improved health and quality of life follow-up studies of clinical samples.

Little information has been available on the health status of people in recovery within larger community samples.

ACCESSIBILITY: Everyone has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health is a fundamental human right, protected by international law.

Although the right to health is legally grounded, universal healthcare is not about law, policy or prohibitions.

Universal Healthcare is the right to health in the day-to-day work of health care professionals within a universally accepted framework of values.

The right to universal health does not ask governments to commit resources they do not possess to the provision of health care. It asks those who make decisions that affect people’s health – be they health professionals, private corporations or public bodies – to promote and protect health, and to understand and to justify the effects of their decisions.


ACCOUNTABILITY
By signing international human rights treaties that affirm the right to health, a state agrees to be accountable to the international community, as well as its citizens, for the fulfilment of its obligations.

PARTICIPATION
The right to participate in decision-making is a guiding principle of all human rights. A human rights approach to health emphasizes that good health services can only be achieved if people participate in their design and delivery.

The involvement of peer-led lived experiences within recovery communities has been shown to increase the likelihood that the needs of the community will be met more effectively and thus contribute to achieving better health. Participation helps ensure that the health system is responsive to the particular health needs of disenfranchised addiction and mental heath groups.