The Recovery Star with One to One Support


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“One of Allah’s names is Al-Wadood, The Most Loving, and this is appropriate because a Creator must have love in order to create works of beauty and power. Allah created you out of love. He created you with intent. He created you to succeed, not to fail, and He gave you all the tools that you need to thrive. Open your eyes and see what a miracle you are, what a thing of beauty, what a gift to the world. I see that in every person I know. Do you see it in yourself?” –

Wael Abdelgawad


Dear Readers,

Please find below a brilliant tool to recovery, magical ‘Recovery Star’.

“Recovery is not simple abstinence. It’s about healing the brain, remembering how to feel, learning how to make good decisions, becoming the kind of person who can engage in healthy relationships, cultivating the willingness to accept help from others, daring to be honest, and opening up to doing.” ~ Debra Jay

Are you interested in a recovery program with one to one support and one that measures your success and keeps you on the path of recovery and self-discovery? If so would you like to try ‘Next Steps’ Recovery Star program? Why not look into your local mental health  services and book an appointment to see a member of Next Steps staff on a 1-2-1 basis for some extra support and action planning? Next Step are able to offer free 1-2-1 support to complete a ‘Recovery Star’ which can be a useful tool to work towards recovery.

The Recovery Star is a tool that measures change and supports recovery by providing a map of your journey to recovery and a way of plotting your progress and planning actions. The Recovery Star focuses on ten areas that are critical to recovery: Managing mental health. Social Network, etc. Usually the first recovery star can take around 2 hours – allowing time to go through and explain in depth how it works, giving an opportunity to really go through the various areas and see how things are going, before potentially action planning and addressing areas you may be struggling with or wishing to improve.

If you live in Surrey, Please contact Jenny on 01483 757461 or to book in to see a member of staff. Daytime or evening appointments possible.

More about The Recovery Star: taken from Alexis Stone: Seeing in the dark

Mental Health Worker with ME/CFS and depression.

The Recovery Star uses a ‘Ladder of Change’ to explain the different stages:

Recovery Stage Image 1Recovery Star Stage 2

Recovery isn’t necessarily a case of moving from the first point, to the last. Different people will be at different points and may move forwards or backwards as their circumstances change. Wherever you are on this journey, placing yourself on the ladder can help you see where you have come from and what your next step is.

This ‘ladder of change’ concept is used for all ten areas of the recovery star:

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1. Managing mental health
This is not always about being free of mental health problems, but learning to manage them and building a satisfying life.

2. Physical health and self-care
This is about how well you manage your physical health, deal with stress and take care of yourself.

3. Living skills
This is about the practical side of being able to live independently – shop and cook for yourself, keep your place clean and tidy and look after your money.

4. Social networks
This is about your social networks and being part of your community.

5. Work
This is about knowing what work you would like to do, having the skills and qualifications to get the work you want and finding and keeping a job

6. Relationships
This is about the important relationships in your life. We suggest you choose one relationship where you would like things to be different and find where you are on the ladder for that. Whoever you choose, it is about having the amount of closeness that you want.

7. Addictive behaviour
This is about any addictive behaviour you may have, such as drug or alcohol use and how you can reduce the harm on yourself and others.

8. Responsibilities
This is about meeting your responsibilities like paying the rent, doing chores, attending meetings, etc.

You can write your ideal goal at the end of each part of the star and then mark were you feel you are on the ladder for that area of your life. If you need any more clarification, you can download the full guide below. Some people find that none of the stage descriptions match them, so you can adjust them slightly if needed.

Here’s an example one:

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Recovery STAR User Guide


About Author

Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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