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The 10 Principles of Recovery can be used in a variety of different ways to bring a new scientifically based positive psychology perspective to your outpatient, intensive outpatient, and inpatient treatment programs. The 10 Principles of Recovery and its associated workbook can be used in:


Existing  Inpatient, IOP or OP treatment programs

Add the 10 Principles of Recovery to your existing treatment program as a way to teach scientifically based positive psychology principles to your clients. The 10 Principles of Recovery can replace existing Early Recovery or Relapse Prevention curriculums or can be added to your program as a standalone curriculum. 


Newly created Inpatient, IOP or OP treatment programs

As you are working to develop new groups and curriculums within newly created programs, the 10 Principles of Recovery can provide a solid foundation for your program’s development. The 10 Principles of Recovery can position your new treatment program as a unique and scientifically based option where a variety of other programs may already exist.


Family Education 

Family Education is seen as an essential component of outpatient treatment. The 10 Principles of Recovery can be utilized as your Family Education Curriculum, more specifically with your clients and their spouses in a group setting. As your clients learn the skills taught in the 10 Principles of Recovery, spouses can work alongside them, understanding the recovery and healing process that is taking place for their family members.


Gender Specific or Mixed Gender Groups

The 10 Principles of Recovery can be used in either gender specific or mixed gender group dependent upon the needs of your program and the program structure. 



Curriculum Includes 

  • 10 Modules Integrating the 10 Principles

  • Research based exercises and reflections

  • PowerPoint Presentations with video (TED talks and other educational videos) highlighting one of the 10 Principles of Recovery topics.

  • The 10 Principles of Recovery can be taught in both open and closed group formats. Group members may join the group at any time prior to Module 10.

  • Each module is designed to be conducted in a two-hour group format.

  • All modules are educational in nature and can be supplemented with provided Ted Talks or other materials.


Example of potential program structure for OP and IOP Programs in a 30, 60 or 90 Program:  (30 day programs would work on an abbreviated schedule)

10 Day Program 

Morning - Module Educational
(2 Hr. Group Modules 1- 10 one each day 
Afternoon - Group Process
(1 Hr. Review Exercises and Assignments) 
Experiential Mixed  
(Review based around principles taught in each Module) 

30- 60 or 90 Day Program

Monday - Module - Educational
(Modules 1- 10 over a multi week schedule
Tuesday/ Wednesday - Experiential Exercise 
(Apply Module Principles) 
Thursday - Group Process
(Review Exercises and Assignments) 
Friday - Family Sessions 
(Review based around principles taught in Module) 
  • The purpose of the Process Group is to review exercises and assignments assigned in the workbook. This is an opportunity for clients to personalize their treatment, relating the exercises to their own recovery process and sharing insights with their fellow group members. 

  • Adjustments can also be made to teach Education Modules 2x a week as needed based on the existing structure of your program. For example, if your program uses 3 hour groups, you can teach the modules in the first two hours, and then work together as a group in the 3rd hour on workbook exercises in group processing.

*The 10 Principles of Recovery also contains a supplement Codependency-A Positive Psychology Approach that can be used in Family Education. This is a great opportunity to add a short, one hour a week group for family members only to help them learn how they can better help their family members in recovery. This is designed to be a process group that can be completed over 4 weeks.

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