Posted by: cindy | October 22, 2008


It has been said that a recovery from a mental illness or addiction can best be understood through the lived experiences of persons with pyschiatric illness or addictions.  Common themes include the ideal that:

  • Recovery is the re-awakening of hope after despair
  • Recovery is breaking through denial and achieving understanding and acceptance.
  • Recovery is moving from withdrawal to engagement and active participation in life.
  • Recovery is active coping rather than passive adjustment.
  • Recovery means no longer viewing oneself primarily as a mental patient and reclaiming a positive sense of self.
  • Recovery is a journey from alienation to purpose.
  • Recovery is a complex journey.
  • Recovery is not accomplished alone, it involves support and partnership.

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