Glossary of Terms:  Recovery

Evidence-based practices (EBP) are ways of working with people that have proven effective through research.  EBP entails making decisions about how to promote healthful behaviors by integrating the best available evidence with practitioner expertise and other resources, and with the characteristics, state, needs, values and preferences of those who will be affected.

Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) is a program consisting of weekly sessions in which mental health practitioners help people who have experienced psychiatric symptoms develop personalized strategies for managing their mental illness and moving forward in their lives.  The program generally lasts between four and ten months and practitioners work collaboratively with people, offering a variety of information, strategies, and skills that people can use to further their own recovery.

Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) is for people who suffer from co-occurring disorders — mental illness and substance abuse.  Research has strongly indicated that to recovery fully, a person with co-occurring disorders needs treatment for both problems — focusing on one does not ensure the other will go away. Dual diagnosis services integrate assistance for each condition, helping people recover from both in one setting, at the same time. 


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