Part 1 – Dare to Dream Again | Dream Your Life Awake

It is recommended that the reader print the “Flash Drive Forms” and “Terms and Definitions” page prior to reviewing this online educational platform to aid one’s comprehension and understanding.

Also ensure that the Session Starter, Free Floating, Pause Protocol, Encouraging
Questions and Session Ending Questions are applied.

For all core program levels, The Recovery Code Prescription is a document that summarizes the recovery prescription applied towards moving a recovery forward. The prescription document denotes the chief recovery elements in play steering the present recovery drive. This document is updated, bi-annually, at a minimum, to ensure the program is on track. The information garnered from core program levels 1 and 2 shapes the Recovery Code Prescription document. Engaging the core entry-level program provides the salient information with which to put together the Recovery Code Prescription.


Entry Core Stream | Level 1 | Part 1
This stream consists of completing “Flash Drive Forms”, Sections 1, 2, 3 and 4. The information gathered on these forms acts as your “Voice”, providing relevant data about the state of your recovery. At this program level, you are building awareness of your recovery status, factors involved, recovery priorities and next steps. For consumers who are motivated and upbeat and need a kick starter to recovery, this core level is appropriate. For individuals who feel more support is required this core level serves as a foundation to build towards applying the next core stream and if needed take on the Advanced Core Level in order to build stronger legs to stage their recovery.


The quest for this entry-level stream is to ensure the power and influence of the “Uplifting Force” (Section 1, Survey D) connected to Person-Centered Living is exercised in order to carry, with greater ease, the weight of the “Dragging Effect” (Section 2, Survey G) tied to Illness Living. In turn, The Illness experiences diminished strength, grip and influence, over time.

This quest is accomplished by taking steps to dampen or eliminate the impact of the hurdles footprint placed on the deck of the top six list (Section 2, Survey F). This is done in combination with exercising key recovery drivers placed on the deck of the top six list (Section 1, Survey C). And as such, this allows the power of the “Uplifting Force” to grow in strength. These drivers can be fine-tuned to offer better contributions.

Content Basics:
The content table of requirements for this entry-level program are:
Flash Drive Forms
-Use of Recovery Forms
Recovery Protocol Streams ( Overview, Preparation, Entry Core Program)
-Recovery Explained

Who is at the Helm Discovery Exercise
-Activate You Recovery Code/Priming
-Recovery Code Prescription
-The Treatment Room
-Framework of Recovery Orientation
-Recovery Based Conversations

When taking on the Recovery Protocol Breakthrough (R.B.C.), the entry-level core becomes the anchor and base platform for the protocol itself. When additional program streams are combined, the entry-level core is still in play and attended to when required at the direction of the person. A physician can simply ask the patient at the start of each appointment, “What would you like to attend to today?”

Consumer Materials:
A journal book; writing and colored instruments, completed Flash Drive Forms, Definitions and Terms page.

Physician’s Materials: List of Questions for this core level and protocol standards (Appendix); completed Flash Drive Forms; Use of Forms page; completed Discovery Exercise (Who is at the Helm page), Definition and Terms Page, outline of Entry Core Program.

Further, structured recovery questions for R.B.C. (Recovery Based Conversations) called “Recovery Talking Points” are posed in this program stream by the treatment provider to massage a person’s psychology of recovery. “Discussion Points” are utilized to point out topics requiring further exploration.

“Recovery Talking Points” Structure

Most of the questioning has a form of structure that contains notation marks “…” . These three dot notations separate one line of questioning from another and also indicate that a follow-up question is being asked that builds on the preceding reply.

Core Program Outline
There are two program folders of focus for this streaming level. Folder (A) addresses the Flash Drive Forms while Folder (B) focuses on Q & A rounds of R.B.C.

Note: The phrasing, “mental illness” and “The Illness”, represents either a single disorder or a collective of diagnoses as one whole single entity.

Note: The structured list of questions for R.B.C are constructed with specific purposes in mind. The physician is to ask each question as written, word by word. If the patient is unclear, read the question again and if this is not sufficient, then the physician can ask, “What do you think this question is asking?” or offer their professional take. The patient needs to land on an understanding in order to proceed and the initial inquiry can be asked again.

Part 1: Section 1, Survey A
Holistic Recovery Care Considerations
Assess and discuss each recovery care consideration to make a determination towards what requires addressing and steps to take. Revisit Survey A when required, as per progress while taking into account the Recovery Report Card scoring in Section 4.

Discussion Points
Soft Considerations: Hope Building Actions; Nature Quotient; Social Capital; Sedentary /Movement Ratio; Trauma History; Nutrition/Eating Habits.
b) Hard Considerations: Blood Testing; Sleep Study; Brain Scans; Sleep Quality; Head Impact History

Part 2:
Section 1, Survey B
Both surveys “B” and “E” offer an overview of the recovery landscape and challenges. This landscape represents the constituents of recovery that paint a picture of the person’s current status. The talking points listed below for various sections of the forms are used to evaluate, discuss, address and formulate actionable steps. Talking points, in the form of inquiry questions, are provided for both surveys and are asked by the treatment provider in order as laid out.

Recovery Talking Points:
1) What comes to mind, when you look over the current landscape of recovery drivers from Survey B Is it sparse or robust…. what is it that you are seeing that has led to this impression of liking what you see or do not see…. does this impression offer you confidence or feelings of failure… what led you to this thinking… what may this suggest to you about the state of your recovery presently…. how does this leave you feeling and in thoughts about knowing you have this impression… what is it like sitting in this position…. in what way does this state of your recovery affect how you conceive of your future?

2) Without the fabric of recovery drivers currently in play, what degree of grip would “The Illness” have in your life… what would you be experiencing in areas of your life like family, friendships, employment, partner relationships, parenting, sexuality, leisure, health, as a result?

3) What recovery drivers identified have allowed you to live another day… how has each driver of significance identified accomplished this by what they offer to you?

4) Describe what has it taken until now to keep these drivers identified and knitted into the fabric of one’s life… what does it take, presently, for you to keep these drivers alive in the face the stress of The Illness?

5) What does your capacity to hold onto these drivers, through thick and thin, say about your abilities and capabilities… speculate on what this acknowledgment might begin to tell you about the type of person you are… what are you giving value to, in your mind, by way of what you have just shared?

Part 3: Section 1, Survey C
The Top 6 Drivers,

Considerations: The present top 6 drivers on deck represent the most powerful Uplifting Force (Survey D) players currently possess. When a driver no longer fits the bill for being on deck, replace it with another driver of significance where possible. With each driver, determine how they can provide more leverage for recovery and add further to the Uplifting Force value.

For those drivers which hold an action theme; is socially oriented or considered an event consider the frequency of engagement; duration of engagement; with whom engaged; the when of engagement; resources for engagement and the where of engagement. This applies to “attitude” drivers, like having a “persistent” attitude or “industrious” attitude, for example.

Decide on whether to maintain the current engagement status of each driver as a Top 6 driver. When a driver on deck is no longer potent in value, remove and replace it with another driver of significance from Survey B. Or, when a driver from Survey B is determined to have a place on deck then switch up by removing a driver of lesser value.

Note: It can take is just one recovery driver of such value and significance to drive a recovery on its own, single-handedly, and not a tribe of drivers that add up to less than the potency and value of that sole driver.

Recovery Talking Points:
1) Tell me about the history of each driver, how it come to be; how long the driver has been in your life… what caught your interest at first that led to you valuing its presence in this way…. what have you gained by engaging this driver… if this driver stopped being present in your life what would be noticed about this loss, that speaks to its value?

2) What has shaped each driver to become so important over the others identified in Survey B…collectively, what in your mind, do these drivers offer to form the legs, on which to stand, in order, to hold yourself up the best you can in the face of The Illness?

3) What way is there, by practice, to further strengthen the influence and potency of these significant drivers on deck? Consider the when, where, duration, frequency, resources and with whom.

Part 4: Section 1, Survey D
The Uplifting Force
This scoring feature creates a value scale to evaluate the performance of all the recovery drivers in play (Survey B) that give traction to supporting and moving recovery forward. The Uplifting Force represents the counterbalance to the weight of The Dragging Effect, also scored. As a collective, both halves contain distinctly different percentage values determining the makeup of the recovery pie. The greater the score value over the other, the greater the ownership in the recovery equation.

Another dimension of this scoring feature, whether on the driver’s side of recovery or the hurdle’s side, is in its assessment and evaluative function. The scoring, over time, can illustrate, perceptually, gains or losses related to one’s recovery progress and The Illness momentum. The scoring, in effect, offers trouble-shooting information to determine which half of the recovery pie requires increased attention.

Recovery Talking points:
1) What does the scoring begin to tell or show you about what supports a recovery….comment on
the score’s connection with building Person Directed Living as a prominent feature in your life.
(See Discovery Exercise “Who is at the Helm” page)… what do you think leads you to this viewpoint of thinking… In what way can this scoring begin to inform or signal you about the role one can play in making a recovery possible?

2) If the strength of the Uplifting Force was only half of what currently exists, speculate on the difference this would have on your life with The Illness. Consider- a) the stress load endured, b) the drive for recovery, c) the strength of The Illness,  d) the effect on life activities,  e) social engagement, f) the influence on roles of significance,  g) the effect on family and community involvement. From this viewing point what can be conjectured as to the value and role of recovery drivers to feed a recovery… (pause to answer)…and feed the Uplifting Force?

3) When looking at the Dragging Effect force in play, how would you describe the balancing role of having the opposing Uplifting Force on keeping a recovery alive… what does this inform you of the Uplifting Forces place in the recovery equation… what are your thoughts on this position… how does this leave you feeling and thinking, as opposed to how the Dragging Effect (Section 2, Survey G) score wants leaves you in feeling and thinking… what is it like knowing you possess this counter stance…speculate how holding such a viewpoint be of value and use?

Review and evaluate the value of the Uplifting Force over time. Allow this evaluation to offer feedback on its presence to carry a recovery forward while bearing the weight load of The Dragging Effect. Explore its connection with living in a more Person Centered Life.

Part 5: Section 3
Exercise 1
Impact Statements
Considerations: In exercise 1, a richer appreciation for what a recovery driver can bring in texture is explored to further capture their input into elevating The Uplifting Force for the benefit of one’s recovery.

Recovery Talking Points:
1) What was discovered, affirmed or brought more into awareness about the value of each driver’s richness based on the dimension tones identified … what tones stand out that give richness to living a more Person Directed Life… look at each tone identified and comment on their effect and how they leave you feeling; how does having this awareness and knowledge leave you thinking about what you are providing and contributing to the Uplifting Force in driving the recovery forward…. is this a good space to be in…what leads you to say this amid the struggles, pain and suffering from the Illness presence?

Ensure each new driver placed on the deck of the Top 6 has their dimension tones laid out.

Section 3-Exercise 2
Considerations: In this exercise, a richer appreciation for the impact of The Illness is explored with a focus on building greater self-compassion and awareness for the weight and effect endured by living with one’s mental health condition. This information is also very useful in providing awareness for one’s care providers about what one has been living with.

Recovery Talking Points:
1) What was discovered, affirmed, or brought more awareness about The Illness’s impact on your life and view of self… what stands out as the key themes identified that have been holding you back…. what lets you know this… The Illness wants you to hold close what you have identified close to your chest, what is your stance or position on this…what leads you to this viewpoint… what does this stance begin to shed light on regarding what is of importance … in what way is this position of importance connect to the life you want to lead… how does this acknowledgment sit with you…speculate what your life would be like without a position like this… in what small or large way can this position be useful for your recovery purposes… what is your take on this development… what kind of title name or phrase would be fitting, in your mind, upon reflection, to call this development… what is the meaning behind this naming… what is the takeaway message to yourself about this naming significance… how does this leave you feeling and thinking, with this development. What is it like knowing this?

2) With the aforementioned development named, what is giving value to… if this development was viewed as a prized resource and you were to draw on this richness, speculate on an actionable step or steps that can spring forth to contribute further to your recovery drive… speak to the reasonableness of such actionable(s)… how likely is it for you to consider or implement such actionable steps… what in your mind needs to be in place to make this commitment to proceed… in knowing this window of opportunity is open to you now, how does this leave you feeling and thinking…what is it like knowing this?

Section 3-Exercise 3
Considerations: In this exercise, the psychological dimension of the effects of living with The Illness on a person’s view of oneself is exposed and reviewed regarding their validity, on a subjective basis. This awareness can offer a window into what is validly carried as to the truth of how people view themselves as opposed to the view created by The Illness, itself.

Recovery Talking Points:
1) The Illness wants to deflect you away from seeing your own truth,  what is your stance on this… is this a stance you want to hold on to and carry forward… what leads you to think this way…. what in your mind would happen to your recovery efforts if the status quo is maintained or worsens by how The Illness wants you to believe about yourself… speak to what is it about you that has not allowed The Illness to completely paint over the picture of yourself to-date… what does this let you know about what you are capable of…what thoughts and feelings begin to surface about having such a capacity… how familiar was this capacity known to you… how affirming is it to hear this capacity is held by you… what is your takeaway from this?

2) What was discovered, affirmed, or brought more into your awareness about what The Illness sold to you about what is true or not true about yourself… what is it like knowing you have held onto your own beliefs despite the whispers of The Illness to the contrary… what does this say about you about your ability to not give away all you value to the Illness’s way of thinking… what might this ability begin to let you know about your character and strengths to hold onto what is of value… how does this leave you feeling and thinking, as a result?

3) What key way(s) of viewing yourself held in this exercise would need to be built up more in order to lead the way towards furthering your recovery… speak to the effects and the difference made to this building on living a more Person Directed Life… in reviewing your recovery landscape (Section 1, Survey B) speak to recovery drivers that can play a role in a self-building project… in looking over the Hurdles Landscape (Section 2, Survey E) what barriers can be tackled that can also play a role in building up your self-image… what are you giving value to by the thought building up of your self-image…what makes this a value to commit to… is this a positive or negative step to make… explain why?

Note: Future responses to these talking points are compared to the previous reflections given.

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“We are all in this together.”

-The Recovery Specialist