Recovery from mental disorders is a process of change through which individuals
- improve their health and wellness
- live a self-directed life
- strive to reach their full potential
- 1. Health
- Overcoming or managing the disease and living in a physically and emotionally healthy way.
- Start with the basics - medication, meals, sleep and exercise. Establishing routines for these basic health tasks are essential for recovery of function. Medication is the corner stone on which recovery is nurtured. In the absence of medication frequent relapses and recurrences disrupt basic functions that protect the individual from the illness producing effects of daily stressors.
- 2. Home
- A stable and safe place to live.
- In daily practice we see persons with the most severe mental illnesses putting aside their disturbing thoughts, controlling their behaviours and getting back to school or work; while others with a milder illness are unable to leave their preoccupations and move ahead with life. Trusting relationships are quite often what they lack. Trust makes the home feel safe.
- 3. Purpose
- Meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society.
- A person needs something to recover to. Amazing recovery can be sustained in a supportive job environment. Some bosses give this support naturally. It may be it is in their outlook; they see the illness as just one aspect of the persons identity. Vice versa, others with good symptom recovery without stigmata are unable to function in a hostile work place, and are unable to integrate with society and lead meaningful lives.
- 4. Community
- Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.
- From volunteering at the community bookshop to joining a local football team; community interactions bring many otherwise isolated individuals into useful contact with others. These valued interactions are based on a personal identity which is not connected to their mental illness.
- SAMHSA’s Definition and Guiding Principles of Recovery – Answering the Call for Feedback