RECOVERY CONCEPT THREE: SELF-ADVOCACY
So far we have been discussing the first two recovery concepts: Personal Responsibility and Education. In these concepts we discussed the importance of taking charge of your own wellness, and being proactive in the process of figuring out what you need, as well as what things can help you maintain your wellness.
Being a strong advocate for yourself means believing in yourself and “going for it” with courage, persistence and determination.
Expressing yourself clearly and calmly until you achieve what you need for yourself. Know your rights and insist that they are respected. This is about understanding what you are entitled to as a person.
Recognizing that other peoples rights may conflict with yours. Understand that sometimes you can compromise on your rights while at other times you have to place and reinforce your own boundaries or limits. People who push your boundaries are the ones who most benefited from you not having any.
Activity: Bill of Rights with examples, I have the right to say no, I have the right to change my mind, I have the right to feel scared and say “I’m afraid”, I have the right to not be responsible for others behaviours or actions. What is your personal bill of rights? Set personal goals and work towards meeting them by: getting the facts, planning your strategy, targeting your efforts.