Put simply recovery is about having and building a meaningful, satisfying and contributing life and using your strengths to become all you want to be!
A person’s journey of recovery is a highly individual process. It is about developing a meaningful and satisfying life regardless of a condition or diagnosis. Recovery-identifying, using and developing your skills and talents to become all you want to be and do all you want to do!
Specialist treatment like therapy and medication may be important but it is only a part of the story. Everyone's journey of recovery is individual and uniquely personal – there is no formula , but there does appear to be three things that are critical:
Recovery is about
It is a journey of discovery… discovering ways of understanding and making sense of what has happened
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The history of recovery
Much has been written about the term ‘Recovery’.
PINEL (1745 - 1826) He was named superintendent of the Bicêtre Insane Asylum in Paris in 1792, where he introduced the then-radical notion of treating these patients with human dignity. "Mental derangement" was seen by physicians and the general public as a sign of demonic possession, and patients were routinely held in irons for their entire lives.
DR WILLIAM ANTHONY (1993) Recovery is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful and contributing life even within the limitations caused by illness. A deeply personal, unique process of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills and roles. Recovery involves the development of new meaning and purpose in one’s life as one grows beyond the catastrophic effects of mental illness.’
SHEPHERD ET AL (2008) At the heart of recovery “...is a set of values about a person’s right to build a meaningful life for themselves, with or without the continuing presence of symptoms. Recovery is based on ideas of self-determination and self-management. It emphasises the importance of ‘hope’ in sustaining motivation and supporting expectations of an individually fulfilled life”.
PATIENT FOCUS GROUP AT ASHWORTH HOSPITAL (2015) Recovery is life long. It involves taking responsibility, utilising strengths and creating and maintaining safe relationships to shape personal identity, It includes managing risky behaviour or attitudes. It involves openness and honesty and is aimed towards a positive future. It means being a useful and contributing member of society