A 2008 study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that a strong sense of purpose may be the single most significant factor in determining resilience and recovery from psychiatric disorders. Other substance use disorder recovery studies suggest life meaning and purpose play a critical role in the recovery process. There is also evidence that one of the primary tasks of behavioral health practitioners should be to support experiences of meaning that give persons with mental and substance use disorders a sense of purpose that sustains recovery. This show explores the various ways people can find meaning and purpose in their lives: through higher education and collegiate recovery programs, through work or a vocation, and through volunteer efforts, or, other community roles. Panelists discuss how addiction counselors and mental health professionals can help people recovering from mental and substance use disorders draw meaning and purpose from their experiences that will help them design new models for daily living that embrace hope. Panelists also explore mentorship opportunities and ways to engage with different recovery support groups that contribute to a sense of meaning and purpose.
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