Vilma Sakalauskaite, PEERS program assistant, while visiting her family in Europe, presented Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) to the participants of the Lithuanian Probation Office Marijampole Branch. The purpose of the event was not to teach or advise, but to create an environment where the participants could express themselves authentically and freely share experiences about climbing through emotions of change. At PEERS we believe in the power of being heard- when people feel heard, they begin to heal. The participants expressed themselves, what mental and emotional health means, learned to create action plans, talked about their emotions, and shared successes dealing with challenges.
Here are some of the ideas on the key recovery concepts that were shared during the orientation:
- Helping those who are struggling
- I am a passionate lottery player. Experiencing success gives me hope that I can win more
- Hope is something I do not have now, but I will get it in the future.
- Live better every next day
- Get something I want
- Effective enforcement of the obligations
- Providing a life that is complete for my daughter
- Doing my job well
- Finding a common language with my family
- I go to work sober now, but when I was not sober, I could not.
- Not to cause harm to anyone
- Talking to people of different social backgrounds
- Using computer
- Doing crosswords, watching a movie or TV show, internet
- Choosing information
- Attending AA groups
The coordinator of the probation program said “While working at the Probation Office, we constantly observe people being able to clearly describe their problems, but they cannot find a way to deal with them. Although they are consciously determined to change their behavior, reactions, and feelings, they are behaving in the same way again and again; constantly blaming others for their problems; do not have trust in themselves. Only a person who knows themselves can realize their strengths and weaknesses, and this perception will guide them on the right path.” The coordinator happily noticed that one participant, who’s dealing with addictions and relationship problems, invited their life partner to participate in the WRAP® Orientation.