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What is a Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) and how do I use it?

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan®, or WRAP®, is an evidence based practice that is used world-wide by people who are dealing with mental health challenges as well as medical conditions. Diabetes, weight gain, pain management, addictions, smoking, and trauma are just some of the many life challenges that can benefit from WRAP. WRAP can also be used as a framework to guide relationships in peer support, recovery groups, agencies, and organizations.

WRAP is being used in schools, prisons, hospitals, and veterans’ facilities. It is used with people of all ages who want to attain the highest possible level of wellness. It was originally developed by a group of people who lived with mental health difficulties and were searching for ways to resolve their wellness issues. WRAP was their answer, and it can be used by anyone looking to develop a plan to manage a path to wellness.

WRAP involves listing your personal resources, your Wellness Tools, and then using those resources to develop an Action Plan to use in specific situations which you determine. WRAP is adaptable for any situation and can include a Crisis Plan or Advance Directive.

WRAP is for Life! – It is for everyone, anytime, and for any of life's challenges.

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WRAP for People with Developmental Distinctions

WRAP for People with Developmental Distinctions is a very special book. It was inspired by, and written in close consultation with a group of phenomenal people-people who live with developmental distinctions every day. Rachel, Nikki, Sue and Christopher supplied examples from their own WRAPs and their own lives, in the hope that others would benefit. The feedback we are getting shows us that is happening.
This book reinforces my observations from when WRAP was first developed back in 1997--WRAP is for everyone. Anyone who wants to develop their own WRAP and use it as their guide to daily living can do it. And now, almost twenty years later, we have thousands of WRAP group facilitators all over the world who can facilitate WRAP groups and adapt WRAP so that it is easily accessible to anyone. In the back of this book is a section that includes many, many ideas for making WRAP groups easily accessible, interesting, fun, and useful.

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Weighing in on WRAP – Creating a Wellness Toolbox for Weight Issues

WRAP can be easily adapted for use by people who have  specific issues, or who are dealing with difficult decisions. In WRAP for Life we touch upon how it can be used to help you to lose weight and the feedback and personal experiences shared on Facebook have given great suggestions for wellness tools that have been wonderfully supportive. But what about the flip side? WRAP can also be used to help those who need to gain weight in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A struggle with weight, whether on the high end of the scale or the low end, is not an easy trial to overcome. A WRAP can help you establish a healthy journey towards your goals and keep you on track.
Creating a wellness toolbox and setting a goal for living a healthy lifestyle every day is the key. Do not get caught up in the numbers, try not to rely too regularly on the scale. This may just cause more anxiety if you start tracking every pound, which could in turn become a trigger. Tell your family, friends and co-workers if you feel comfortable that you are working to overcome your weight issues so they can help and support you. Talk to your doctor and counselor to ask for his or her support.

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