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BASICS OF RECOVERY
Remaining hopeful and envisioning a future of growth and development.
the right to choose - without it there is no motivation.
that you are not a label or diagnosis. You are a living, changing
person - not an object.
for ourselves. When others speak for us we are devalued.
our own homes in the community where we can choose our roommates
or live alone.
the need for friends, peers and intimate relationships.
that peer support and self-help keeps us grounded and connected.
and nurturing the spirit within us.
that all things are possible and that to be alive is a miracle.
essentials include: safe niches, natural supports, reconciliation
with family, self-discipline and will, belief in oneself, successful
experiences, meaningful work, psychotherapy, and the passage of
from the disabling effects of being diagnosed with a mental health problem
is possible. It means different things to different people and can be
achieved in many different ways.
website is aimed to be a resource for everyone who is interested in recovery,
whether they be service users and survivors, the people they love or the
professional and voluntary staff paid to offer treatment and support.
about recovery and how to get there are diverse as the following excerpts
was not until I left the system that the recovery process really got
underway in my life. It was as if the system had no expectation of me
recovering, instead the emphasis was on maintenance. I am not saying
that those who worked in the system did not care for me, they did. They
clothed me, fed me, housed me and ensured that I took my medication.
What they did not do was consider the possibility that I could return
to being the person I once was.” (Ron Coleman 1999)
journey of recovery is still ongoing. I still struggle with symptoms,
grieve the losses that I have sustained…I am also involved in
self-help and mutual support and I still use professional services including
medications, psychotherapy, and hospitals. However, now I do not just
take medications or go to the hospital. I have learned to use medications
and to use the hospital. This is the active stance that is the hallmark
of the recovery process.” (Deegan 1996)
differing opinion there is consensus about what recovery is and what it
It is personal, individual and unique
• It is about hope and belief
• It is about acceptance
• It is about valuing ourselves and our experience
• It is about using our skills, talents and personal resources
• It is about using support that is empowering not disabling
• It is about taking control back and taking responsibility
• It is about making new relationships and maybe repairing old
• It is about sharing our stories with others to help them
• It is about using our energies, passion and anger in a positive
• It is about challenging stigma and discrimination
And what it isn’t:
It is not about giving up or giving in
• It is not about relying on others (including mental health professionals)
to have all the answers.
• It is not about blaming ourselves or feeling ashamed about the
traumas that still cause us pain and distress
• It is about not accepting the labels, stereotypes or prognoses
• It is not about defining ourselves as less than the whole people
We want the site to develop and attract the broad range
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revised 20 September 2009