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Paul Alves


Choice Recovery Coaching Inc


Multiple Pathways

Many of us might identify a single, primary support as our pathway of recovery. Perhaps it's a mutual aid fellowship, a spiritual practice with like-minded individuals, or a clinical support. But when we really look at the many ways people recover and we consider things like natural recovery (those who have experienced problematic substance use but have stopped or reduced their use without the aid of a formal intervention or treatment), we must consider the other elements that are supporting people's journeys to greater health and wellness.
Our pathways are as unique as we are individuals. We incorporate a wide variety of things into our daily lives and actually need different things at different times in order to sustain recovery. Throughout the stages of ones' recovery, you will find that individuals' pathways are often a tapestry woven from many different types of supports, many of which are not recognized as established recovery pathways.
Established pathways don't always meet the full scope of our needs throughout our time in recovery and they may not honor or mirror individual values, beliefs, identities and culture. So what else could be considered a pathway? Does it have to be an established pathway to be considered valid?
In this workshop, we'll explore a different approach to recognizing and forging recovery pathways. Participants will identify their own needs for recovery wellness as specific, individual components and identify the different ways in which we fulfill them. We'll look at the many things we do in our daily lives that make up our tapestry; our own \"multiple pathways\" of recovery.
There is no one way to recover and no single definition of recovery, and the possibilities of pathways are as infinite as the number of people seeking or in recovery. When we are able to recognize that our pathways can be such unique tapestries, we find common threads, connecting with others across the full spectrum of what recovery looks like today, common ground, connecting with our communities and ultimately, connecting with ourselves.

Paul Alves


Mr. Alves is a Massachusetts State Certified Addictions Recovery Coach, as well as a Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist through the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). His experience spans the continuum of care. He has guided individuals in prevention as a Drinking Driver Program Instructor, in treatment as a Substance Abuse Counselor in a co-occurring Medication Assisted Treatment Program, and in Recovery Maintenance as a Peer Recovery Coach.

Mr. Alves is a person in Long Term Recovery from Substance Use Disorder, Food Addiction and Mental Health affliction. With a positive attitude and contemporary perspective, he believes that all individuals have the ability to recover.

Infinite Pathways of Recovery