I just found out about this. It’s what I’ve already done as my kiddo’s transition checklist.
I just need to make mine now.
- Sample Recovery Planning Worksheet (spokanecounty.org)
- Microsoft Word – Wellness Recovery Action Plan.doc (template.net)
- The Wellness Recovery Action Plan: Five Key Concepts to Guide Your Path to Wellness – Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Preparing to Create Your Personal Recovery Plan
Before you begin to write out a plan of action for your recovery process, you need to first assess your current status and decide upon your major needs and goals. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What are my motivations for making this change? Keeping my job, my family, my friends? Improving my self-esteem and regaining pride in myself and my behaviors? Feeling better and becoming physically healthier? Other reasons?
- What challenges will potentially be my biggest barriers? Are my coping skills currently limited? Do I have sufficient support systems (family friends, support groups) in place for times when I may need assistance and encouragement? Do I have legal or financial issues to address as part of my plan of action?
- Can I commit to following the steps I create in order to change my life? Can I honestly say that I am ready to make a major, positive change in my life and that I am willing to do what it takes to make it happen?
If you can identify your motivations, understand your challenges and recognize that the outcome will be worth the effort, you will be ready to create your plan.
Components of Your Personal Recovery Plan
When you are ready to write your plan, make lists of the elements that you will want to address:
- Personal triggers (places, circumstances, people) to avoid
- Specific strategies for addressing each identified trigger situation
- Ways to improve self-care (relaxation strategies, socialization opportunities, health and wellness strategies – sufficient sleep, good diet etc.)
- Coping skills you need to learn or to improve (anger management, emotional self-regulation etc.)
- Relapse prevention strategies (go to support group meetings, have a “sober buddy,” attend counseling, etc.)
Writing Your Personal Recovery Plan
You can create your written plan any way that feels most natural to you. In general, you’ll be making “promises” about the positive changes that you plan to implement, in order to uphold your recovery and remain abstinent. In addition, you may also want to commit to certain consequences that you will be willing to incur, should you not live up to your promises. You will also want to detail specific steps that you will take to address each problem or issue that is a threat to your sobriety.Developing Your Personal Recovery Plan (Template Included)