A Note from Charlie: Recovery at Day by Day

Charlie has been a part of the Day by Day team for over two years. In that time, he has had an impact on countless lives as he’s walked with our clients through recovery and empowered them to start new lives with new independence.

Our Day by Day Program has been slowly transitioning to an ever more person-centered system of treatment in which each person has an individual responsibility for
determining their own self-care and what recovery looks like for him/herself.
This concept is reflected in House of Charity’s mission of empowering individuals to achieve independence by
transforming lives, one person at a time.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery as:
“A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”

The cornerstones of a recovery journey include: having a safe home; having stable health,
participating in a supportive community; and being directed by one’s own sense of
Services designed to help one on their journey to recovery are more likely to succeed when they take into account the ten guiding principles set out by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • These principles assert that:
  • Recovery emerges from hope
  • Recovery occurs via many pathways
  • Recovery is holistic
  • It is supported by peers and allies
  • Recovery is culturally based
  • It is supported by addressing trauma
  • Recovery involves family and community Recovery is borne from the individual’s strengths and sustained by their taking on personal responsibilities
  • Recovery is person-driven

At Day by Day we recognize that building a new life free from the harm brought about by
substance use and homelessness takes time, benefits from loads of support, and requires that we learn new coping skills that can replace the unhelpful skills we developed while we were using.

Recovery means striving towards wellness, going beyond simply reducing the direct harm that comes in the wake of our substance use. It is a process or journey, with many
beginnings and will continue as we each move forward and reach for our full potential.