The 7 Keys to Recovery

The 7 keys to


Developed by Legacy Clinical director Troy Faddis. Legacy Outdoor Adventures utilizes seven points while working with clients and their families. We have named these “The 7 keys to highly effective recovery”. The keys are based on scientific research, and are drawn from successfully proven clinical practice.

The 7 Keys

  1. Have a Purpose

  2. Develop a support community

  3. Time

  4. Self-Efficacy

  5. know your brain

  6. Have a plan

  7. Family Therapy

Addiction is as much a cognitive as physiological process. It entails a rewiring of the brain; a fundamental reconstruction of one’s thinking process including core beliefs and values as well as one’s perception of self and the world. Recovery entails a similar transformation in thinking. The seven keys have been empirically demonstrated to transform and restore those suffering from a life of addiction back to a life of healthy function. By successfully applying the seven keys we create a path to successful recovery, we unfreeze old ways of being and discover that the keys serve as powerful catalysts for change. What is remarkable about this process is the variability one finds in these instruments of transformation. Words, ideas and metaphors that incite change in one person leave another unmoved. As a result, diversification and individualization of the recovery experience is essential. The seven keys successfully provide that individualization in a well-defined framework for recovery.

These keys and the ideas behind them have been central to the recovery experience of hundreds of thousands of individuals and families. The seven keys as defined by Legacy Outdoor Adventures are not intended to replace particular recovery programs. Rather, the Seven Keys focus instead on key ideas that have initiated and anchored recovery across the boundaries of any one recovery process, the sacred and the secular, and the varying goals and methods of addiction treatment. These Keys represent some of the most basic and understood traditions of recovery as well as the most current clinically proven methods, and yet many programs ignore or undervalue current understandings of the recovery process.

There are three intended audiences for this blog post. The first audience is those currently suffering from an addiction and are looking for a road map to recovery. The second audience includes those in recovery who experientially knows the process of recovery, and wants to understand more and replicate the recovery process for others. The third audience includes family members of addicts and individuals working in addiction treatment who are not in personal recovery. The goal is to help them understand these seven keys, improving their efforts and widening the doorways to recovery.

In following blog posts we will define the keys individually, and we will describe how each key is utilized here at legacy.

(Recovery) = The restoration to healthy function

The keys are based on key research in the field of addiction that outlines specific lifestyle habits that lead to, promote, and predict long-term sobriety. This research is validated not only in the addiction literature but also in literature from couple’s work, depression, anxiety, and process addictions. Many of these findings validate a 12-step lifestyle for those who want to maintain long-term recovery. We have broken down the research into seven main key points. In following blogs posts we will cover each of these points in detail, giving specific examples and engage in experiential exercises to help teach, illustrate and educate on the importance of each key.

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Troy Faddis, LMFT, Ray Barlow & Derek Daley, SUDC. Presenting on The 7 keys to recovery no updated to Nine lifestyles habits that lead to recovery

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