Balanced wellness can seem overwhelming, even for those not in recovery from addiction. At CeDAR we use SAMHSA’s eight dimensions of wellness plus two cornerstones as a structure for the development of recovery after treatment. Setting and meeting specific, attainable, and measurable goals in each dimension has shown to greatly enhance long-term sobriety. It certainly can’t hurt, right?
Moving away from reactionary behavior and polarized thinking into a more balanced state of being is a primary foundation for recovery. We seek to rely on many parts of our lives rather than putting all of our hopes on one or two things. Because when those things falter (as all things in life will do once in a while), there’s nothing else in place to help us overcome. We need balance to stabilize us.
Here are SAMHSA’s eight dimensions with CeDAR’s two cornerstones:
All parts of our lives touch each other. That’s why the diagram shows them in a circle with at least one point touching (the center). In fact, we are both the central hub that connects all dimensions and the entire wheel itself. Balanced wellness is achieved by maintaining health in each dimension.
Our recovery-oriented peers and mentors help us in these dimensions. We consult them for guidance and truth. They become our reliable cornerstones that can help keep the wheel from rolling away.
Start setting goals in each dimension. Make them specific, attainable, and measurable. Accomplishing smaller goals will naturally help you accomplish larger goals. Your goals should ultimately be set with one question in mind: Does this support my recovery? The answer needs to be: Yes.