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What is recovery?

Recovery is about living hopefully, taking control over your problems and your life and pursuing your dreams and ambitions. It involves building a new sense of self, meaning and purpose, growing within and beyond what has happened to you.

It is about having a meaningful and satisfying life.  Recovery is using your skills and talents to become all you want to be and do all you want to do!

Everyone's journey of recovery is individual and uniquely personal – there is no formula for recovery, but there does appear to be three things that are critical…

  • Hope - Recovery is impossible without hope. Relationships are key in supporting and fostering hope. It is difficult to believe in yourself if everyone around you thinks you will never amount to very much. When you find it hard to believe in yourself and your possibilities you need others to believe in you and hold on to hope for you.
  • Control - Recovery involves taking back control. This may involve taking control of your life and destiny and finding purpose, meaning and direction in life, deciding what is important to you and finding new dreams and ambitions.  It may also include taking control of your own recovery and self care and working out ways of managing problems so they don’t get in the way of you pursuing your goals and deciding what help and support you need in order to pursue your ambitions.
  • Opportunity - Recovery is impossible without opening up opportunity for a life beyond illness.  Doing the things that give your life value such as meaningful occupation, work, taking part in community life and leisure activities….

Relationships are at the heart of people’s recovery and at the heart of everything we do.