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It’s important to work across all 8 dimensions of wellness. This approach addresses the whole person by acknowledging that a lack of health or well-being in one area of a person’s life affects their overall sense of well-being. The peer specialist can assist the client in matching strategies with areas identified for increasing wellness. These may include journaling, exercising, getting rest, meditation, and many other strategies.

Action Points

  • The Peer Specialist helps the client develop an understanding of the holistic approach to wellness/recovery, which includes the eight dimensions of wellness.
  • The Peer Specialist maintains an open mind in assisting the client in considering a wide range of recovery supports including (as appropriate) self-management, medications and other treatments, mutual self-help groups, exercise, nutrition, daily maintenance activities, spiritual practices and affiliations, supported community activities, homeopathic and naturopathic remedies, cultural healers, and more.

Examples of Wellness Strategies

The following two video s provide examples of wellness Strategies.

Video – Dr. Joseph Sciabbarrai – Wellness Day Interview – Wellness in Addiction Treatment (1:32 minutes)

Video – Mindfulness and Recovery (6:09 minutes)

Here are a few examples of what common wellness strategies can do to affect quality of life.


What it does

Taking a walk every night after dinner Reduces stress
Allows for quality time with spouse
Boosts moods
Helps to reduce heart disease and other serious health conditions
Journaling Enhances self-understanding
Provides an outlet for frustrations rather losing one’s temper
Aids memory
Eating right Combats diseases, increases physical wellness in body systems
Increases energy
Helps to regulate and boost moods
Helps with managing weight
Increases longevity
Getting enough sleep Reduces fatigue
Lowers stress, anxiety and depression
Improves concentration, memory and creativity
Helps with managing weight
Meditation Reduces stress
Calms negative thinkingIncreases ability to focus
Increases production of brain chemicals that improve mood and behavior