an essential ingredient to effective recovery
Self-Actualization is a unique approach to therapy in which the focus is not on saving the person by helping make things right with medication or social intervention, but on building the person to know how to live with self-generated authority in the conditions that seem to cause emotional unrest.
Since it allows or emphasizes the building of the person, it gives the counsellor the opportunity to diagnose the insufficiency that allows emotional unrest, inspire preparedness in the person to examine and consider the conditions rationally, and teach the person, not only that he/she has a mandate to build self, but how to reach for the resources that allow him/her to do so. Much of the therapy is educational, but one that is directed at the specific areas of insufficiency, not general education that can be heavy and too pedagogic to be able to hold the interest of the bruised and harried person.
Thus, self-actualization can be an exciting and powerful tool that any counsellor or therapist can add to their arsenal to inspire even the most emotionally unstable person or the one who has become steeped in the throes of an addiction to design their full recovery and realize the unique value and purpose of self.