Recovery Banking: Economic First Aid Can Help Heal Our Communities

, By Dr. Imam Hamzah Alameen

Recovery as a systemic necessity involves management of economic resources.  It is usually the case that people in recovery have ruined credit histories, bounced checks, and a pile of unresolved financial debts.  Recovery always involves holistic transformation in a (5th Dim) (major dimension) perspective: 1. self, 2. mate (dyadic bond) 3. family. 4. community, 5. civic.  Additionally, there are adhesions and linkages between these dimensions, and major among them are those subject to economic knowledge, and resources. Economic theories can be used to empower recovery from addiction and mental illness.  Money may not buy you love but it sure helps to traverse the world.

Recovery coaching must begin to influence economics as a means to appreciate human capital.  Money may not make you happy but lack thereof can usually make people sad.  A life worth living at some point is not possible without minimal economics.

So, “Should we teach economic recovery right beside social wellness?”; I say, resoundingly, yes!  Human capital has economic realities.

 I know at least one recovery orientated systems of care mana13754250_1654040551582904_3529637065477810444_nger that I have trained, Mayor emeritus Wayne Smith, of Irvington NJ, and chairman of the IYO of Newark, who understands that the power of money, certainly influences recovery; Knowing Mayor Smith and training him to be a recovery coach inspired me, and so I have coined the term (EWRAPTM) economic wellness recovery action plans, which let us know our strengths, and triggers as we walk the walk of recovery. We understand that economic solvency is a major aspect of recovery since it influences, identity, social relations, spirituality, subjective wellness and basic human needs.

I will work to put Ewellness trained recovery coaches in banks and such places to help people recover holistically. Ewellness activities are listed like: I will save 10% of earnings, I will bring lunch to work rather than buy it, and so on.  And we identify triggers which cause us harm and relapse into old behavior, like, I need to stop hanging out at the casino with Cheryl (the gambler), I will avoid and cope with the urge to buy a lottery ticket, or maybe I will find a gas station that doesn’t sell Lotto tix (that’s hard) but that’s the idea.  “The research paper entitled Improving Propensity for Patient Self-Advocacy Through Wellness Recovery Action Planning: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial was first published in the Community Mental Health Journal in December of 2011.

This study reports findings from a controlled trial comparing propensity for patient self-advocacy among those who received a peer-led mental illness self-management intervention called WRAP®, and those who received usual care.
WRAP® participants were significantly more likely to engage in self-advocacy with their service providers. Higher self-advocacy was associated with greater hopefulness, better environmental quality of life, and fewer psychiatric symptoms among the intervention group. These findings provide even more support for the positive impact of peer-led self-management programs on mental health recovery.” (peers, 2012, April 15).

The research entitled A Randomized Controlled Trial of Effects of Wellness Recovery Action Planning on Depression, Anxiety, and Recovery, reports that training in mental illness self-management reduced depression and anxiety and improved participants’ self-perceived recovery over time. Results confirmed the importance of WRAP as part of a group of evidence-based, recovery-oriented interventions (Copeland, et al., 2012).

We can all recover if we come to know, and act upon that knowledge, share it with others, and manage our success and failures or short comings (K.A.S.M. learning theory teaches this framework of knowledge, action , sharing and management) (Alameen, 2009).

If you would like to have an EWRAP done stop in at the International Youth Organization, of Newark (iyo-newark.org) and work with one of our recovery coaches and increase your human capital, on the road toward holistic wellness.


  1. A representation of recovery’s systemic power can be seen mathematically using the binary formula of [2d -1, (where d = depth)], we see rapid acceleration and growth where at depth one we have an individual, but at depth 5 we have at least 32.
References
Alameen, H. (2009). Kasm Therapy Manual. Crisis       Publications, 21 Sherman Rd. Kerhonkson, NY 12446.
Mary Ellen Copeland  et al., (2012).  “A Randomized Controlled Trial of Effects of Wellness Recovery Action Planning on Depression, Anxiety, and Recoveryl, has been published in the April 15, 2012 on line journal Psychiatry Online, Psychiatric Services in Advance : A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association.
Peers. (2012, April 15). Research that proves WRAP works. Retrieved January 18, 2017, from http://mentalhealthrecovery.com/info-center/research-that-proves-wrap-works/
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