In a mental health setting, Recovery is becoming a well used term and it can mean very different things to different people. Recovery could be viewed as a person reclaiming their fullness of life, rather than merely existing under the shadow of illness - growing, learning and developing their potential, even if the symptoms of that illness are present.
Recovery emphasizes that while individuals may not be able to have full control over their symptoms, they can have full control over their lives.
Recovery is unique and is very personal; it’s about having a good life with or without symptoms. It focuses on what you can do and not on what you can’t and is described as a journey, with it’s inevitable ups and downs, people often describe themselves as being in recovery rather than recovered. It’s not always easy but with the right kind of support recovery is real.
Recovery begins when you find someone or something to relate to and evidence suggests that recovery is supported by
C – Connecting with others and having good relationships
H – Hope and optimism
I – Identity, having a positive sense of self
M – Meaning, finding your own meaning and purpose in life
E – Empowerment, focusing on strengths and having
control over your life. (CHIME – Mike Slade)