Recovery is an Act of Resilience

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“We are all struggling to recover from something; it’s on the journey through recovery that we can learn to become more resilient”

– Anonymous in Recovery.

We do not believe that resilience means being positive all the time – we understand that recovery can have many ups and downs.  We believe that it is possible for anyone to recover who is willing to work for it.  The work on the frontlines of our lives is where we can build our resilience and strengthen our ability to rise up and bounce back from our darkest moments. Here are some of the ways that Behavioral Health Hawaii helps people become more resilient in their recoveries.


Working through a difficult situation with the appropriate support can provide opportunities to take control of the choices in your life. Addiction is frequently accompanied by a sense of loss. Facing our difficulties and learning new ways to cope with difficult situations brings the confidence to make healthier decisions in the future.


Resilience comes from our ability to balance our needs with the needs of others. We can  maintain a strong sense of emotional security by sharing our feelings with others and developing strong emotional bonds. Sharing our feelings with people who express their respect and support for our recovery gives us the opportunity to reduce fear and regain trust and a positive outlook for healthy relationships.


We all need to have a sense of meaning and a purpose for our lives in order to value the contributions we make in our world and in turn have others value what we bring back to the world.  The support we accept and the support we offer in recovery go hand-in-hand with an essential recovery idea – that we give back to others what was freely given to us and through that exchange of support we stay stronger and more resilient even when faced with dark moments.


Recovery builds tolerance for others, as we learn to accept and repair the damage we may have caused. We understand the importance of having a strong sense of who we are and where we come from.  Being culturally grounded in our personal lives and with our families and communities means that we can not only survive whatever individual or collective trauma we  may have experienced, but we can transform our painful experiences by discovering our personal and collective strengths. Resilience helps us do more than survive – we learn how to thrive.

Resilience is not a result of pain, or trauma or dark moments – resilience is the direct result of what we do in the face of our adversity that gives us hope.  If possible, let us to it together. Behavioral Health Hawaii Care Team