Discussion 1: Transforming Power of Recovery

This is a discussion page about Module 1: The Transforming Power of Recovery.

After reading the workbook module, post your comments or reflections in the comment field below and respond to the comments made by others.


Feel free to add any resources you have found helpful in your own journey related to this topic.

11 thoughts on “Discussion 1: Transforming Power of Recovery

  1. Spirituality is one of SAMHSA’s 8 domains of wellness… and a huge number in recovery attribute their healing to [an improved?] connection with their own transforming/higher power and the value of a generic TRANSFORMING POWER, that the peer movement can consciously claim.

    Below are the FABULOUS Guidelines for Peer Supporters, and the Guidelines & Help Along the Way ideas that are a marriage of this and the AVP Transforming Power Guidelines…

    National Practice Guidelines for Peer Supporters
    [Behold, evidence “Transforming Power” exists: 98% of 1,000 Peer Supporters Agreed to These! — When do 98% of 1,000 people agree to anything???]

    1. Peer support is voluntary
    2. Peer supporters are hopeful
    3. Peer supporters are open-minded
    4. Peer supporters are empathetic
    5. Peer supporters are respectful
    6. Peer supporters facilitate change
    7. Peer supporters are honest and direct
    8. Peer support is mutual and reciprocal
    9. Peer support is equally shared power
    10. Peer support is strengths-focused
    11. Peer support is transparent
    12. Peer support is person-driven

    Peer Support Guides to Transformation Happens! — To Us, As Us & Through Us!

    1. We invite a strong belief that transformation is possible
    2. We stay grounded in equality with everyone we aim to support
    3. We know that each journey of transformation is unique
    4. We greet others with an open mind & heart; practice empathy
    5. We learn to listen well!
    6. We learn to sit with our discomfort in relation to other’s feelings
    7. We let go of judging & resist any intention to “fix” the other
    8. We notice & sincerely reflect positive aspects & strengths
    9. We gain skills for expressing ourselves honestly & respectfully
    10. We learn to trust our inner sense & expect great healing power is available
    11. We commit to our own growth in relationship; We are self-aware
    12. We value community based on honesty, respect & caring

    Help Along the Way

     We aim to offer support based our genuine desire/need to give (back?)
     We practice self-care diligently!; We utilize & add to our “wellness tools”
     We strive to be patient with ourselves and those we support
     We expect the best
     We express appreciation for the mutual benefit of our relationships
     We are “transparent” about our role, limitations, pertinent information, etc.
     We pause before responding; opening to the Transforming Presence/Power within
     If we feel “over our heads” we admit it & seek further assistance
     We utilize creativity & humor in our relationships
     If we regret our actions, we acknowledge it, make amends if we can, forgive ourselves,
    then let it go
     We make friends who will support us. We support the best in them
     We nurture our own self-acceptance & thereby transform ourselves

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  3. It’s not an either-or. When scheduling my appointments, when something unusual comes up I let the scheduler know so that extra time can be booked if necessary. In the event of a more urgent need, I will readily take a late-in-the-day appointment of the day so that, while I may be frustrated by the wait (if there is one), I’m not part of backing someone else up.

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  5. Greetings! I wonder if anyone can give me their opinion or even expertise regarding the core value – “Peer Support is equally shared power”?
    Any input is appreciated.


  6. I have just started reading the workbook. I am wondering if the site is still under revision. If it is where can I find information about the continuing training for peer specialists. I am unable to travel far and I would like to learn online if possible. Are there webinars that go with the modules?

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