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(p. 149) Embracing Recovery 

(p. 149) Embracing Recovery
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(p. 149) Embracing Recovery
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Beth Broussard

, and Michael T. Compton

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190920685.003.0012
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date: 13 April 2021

Recovery is a broad concept, pertaining to one’s life goals, rather than to just getting symptoms under control. It means successfully living with a mental illness by not being confined by it; embracing hope, empowerment, and self-determination; and focusing on one’s personal life goals and roles in society. The goal of the recovery model of mental health treatment is to empower individuals to achieve their full potential in life. Individuals themselves decide on their personal goals for treatment and recovery instead of mental health professionals deciding for them. Recovery requires learning, support, courage, and patience. People who are successfully living with psychosis, including peer specialists (also called peer counselors or peer navigators), can help support others with similar experiences because they have had their own journey in recovery.

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