Recovery? What does it mean to you?

Recovery is the ‘in’ word at the moment, as hundreds of DAT’a around the country are looking to ensure that their treatment systems align with this newest? government initiative.

But what does recovery mean to you? and how did/would you like to see treatment systems supporting you to recover.

Answers on a postcard :-)

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One Response to Recovery? What does it mean to you?

  1. Noel Ohagei says:

    The term Recovery has been long ingrained within the mental Health/dual diagnosis models being provided by services. The questions for recovery whether mental health or substance misuse gives way to the same ambiguous views.
    One view is the
    Rethink Principles of Good Practice:
    Recovery & Self Management-
    We will work to provid a culture of hope that embodies a belief in people’s own ability to manage, change & improve the quality of their own lives.

    “Recovery is about building a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by the person themselves, whether or not there are ongoing or recurring symptoms or problems.”
    Shepherd, Boardman and Slade 2008
    Recovery as a concept is about the process of building a meaningful life as defined by the person with a mental health problem themselves.

    There are four key component processes suggested:

    Finding and maintaining hope
    The re-establishment of a positive identity
    Finding meaning in life
    Taking responsibility for one’s life
    Recovery is often talked about in two different meanings: clinical recovery and personal recovery.

    Both are important to people experiencing mental health problems, but they have different histories and involve different approaches.

    Clinical Recovery
    Clinical recovery is an idea that has emerged from the expertise of mental health professionals, and involves getting rid of symptoms, restoring social functioning, and in other ways ‘getting back to normal’.

    Personal recovery
    Personal recovery is an idea that has emerged from the expertise of people with lived experienced of mental illness. It focuses on the process of building a meaningful life as defined by the person themselves.

    In Rethink we work to ensure that people are provided with appropriate therapy and support to reduce or take away symptoms or mental illness.

    However, the focus on recovery directs attention to the importance of personal recovery to assist people living a meaningful life, even when experiencing enduring or fluctuating mental health problems.

    Recovery Insights: Learning from lived experience
    The third part in Rethink’s Recovery Series.
    It is a resource for users of mental health services and carers, friends and families as well as professionals.
    For more information click on the above please go to: http://www.rethink.org-click on tab- living with menatl illnes.

    http://www.rethink.org/living_with_mental_illness/what_is_recovery/
    Recovery Resources
    Hope this can help identify your own view of recovery… for want of a better word.