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.
What Helps People?
Understanding the process of recovery and what helps people in their journey comes from the narratives of people who have faced the challenges of rebuilding their lives with mental health, addiction and learning disabilities.
Specialist treatment like therapy and medication may be important for many but it is only a part of the story….
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:
Recovery is about
It is a journey of discovery… discovering ways of understanding and making sense of what has happened
The History of 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.
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