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Helping people in recovery build social capital

March 26, 2013
by Lori Ashcraft, PhD
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After polishing our strengths and social skills within a smaller group, we can then reach out with a bit more confidence to others in the world. Because many in the world don’t know us, not all will respond as we hope, but our practice with others assures us that if others don’t respond that it is not “our fault.” By choosing thoughtfully among people who can help our recovery, we’ll be able to gradually expand our broader group to include people who appreciate us and who, through their reliance on our strengths, give us a sense that we are valued and included—that we belong.

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