Definition of Recovery

Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life and strive to reach their full potential.

The purpose of recovery is to have meaningful daily activities, such as, a job, school, volunteerism, family care-taking or creative endeavours, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society; ie social networks and relationships that provide support, friendship, love and hope.

Ideally people in recovery see and recognise that the change that they made is based on their own efforts. In so doing, they are empowered and provided the resources to make informed decisions etc.

Recovery is non-linear, holistic. We all have a personal responsibility for our own self-care and journeys of recovery. With support identify coping strategies and healing processes to promote our own wellness.

Taking steps towards recovery may require great courage, self-acceptance, developing a positive and meaningful sense of identity, and regaining belief in one’s self are particularly important.

Source: Bob Bohanske, Ph.D., FNAP, Chief of Clinical Services and Clinical Training

Southwest Behavioural & Health Services and Visiting Professor of Counseling Psychology Zhengzhou University, China