What is Compassionate Recovery?
Compassionate Recovery is a universal, inclusive, trauma informed and evidence based program for healing attachments and addictions.
Compassionate Recovery is a new paradigm for healing. It’s open to anyone with any degree of attachment and uses solutions from any system, tradition, technique, meditation or treatment. The meetings will be dynamic in that they can focus on specific topics, addictions, principles such as life skills, meditation, yoga, non-violent communication as a regular format, or can change topics based on the needs of the individual or community.
Traditional 12-Step programs are normally limited to a specific problem, such as alcohol, and a single solution, like the 12 Steps. Unlike these limited models, CR is fully inclusive of anyone on a Spectrum of Addiction that ranges from problematic attachments to full blown addictions.
The solutions CR employs are 100% inclusive of any tradition or tool that can be used for healing. CR doesn’t conform to a static, unchanging set of steps that, like AA says, have to be worked in order and can’t be deviated from. The 12 Steps of AA are based on principles which, after a while can be applied out of order of the steps. To simplify and broaden opportunities for healing CR is focused on principles that can be practiced in any order or manner at any time in the course of a person’s recovery.
Attachment is defined as an unhealthy bond, fixation, obsession or preoccupation that causes a life disruption. In CR, addiction is defined more loosely as any attachment to a process, event, substance or person that the individual wants to be free of. Addiction is attachment gone wild.
Recovery too is defined as any reduction, elimination or progress on that path. One can opt to claim one or more “clean dates,” for different afflictions, or opt out of the traditional timelines and anniversaries of 12-Step models.
The book and support groups will walk readers through discussions and exercises, meditations, goal setting on topics such as smoking, weight loss, relationships, meditation, financial health, emotional well being, nutrition, brain health as well as the more common issues of substance abuse.
This model sets the stage for long-term recovery. In traditional 12-Step, members are often stuck in ruts that lead to lifetime depression, relationship and financial instability and other issues that look a lot more like addiction than recovery. Recovery therefore is also on a spectrum. The map of long-term recovery will be laid out from the beginning so that members can see the big picture, rather than limit their perspective to one day at a time thinking.