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What does recovery mean?

Recovering from an addiction

When most people think of the word addiction recovery, for example, they often associate the word with trying to quit drinking alcohol or taking drugs , rather than quitting. completely dependence (Laudet, 2007). Mass media help shape the concept of recovery from substances or even psychological disorders by typically focusing on the struggles of major figures trying to overcome episodes of relapse and rehabilitation (Laudet, 2007).

Recovery in mental health

When it comes to recovery in mental health, the same notion of endless struggle has been there for years. For practitioners, too, for a long time the notion of recovery was strongly linked to disease, or more precisely to the absence of disease and its symptoms, as stated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. DSM ”) (Piat et al., 2009).

Take responsibility for your life

However, clients and patients themselves, in my own experience and as demonstrated by a major survey in Canada, tend to link recovery to the idea that the person develops self-determination and takes responsibility for their own health. life. (Piat et al., 2009).

Over the past decade, this much more positive idea of ​​recovery has emerged. A qualitative analysis of more than 30 international documents evokes precisely this understanding and this help in relation to mental illness. It is a vision that gives people living with mental illness greater independence and marks a shift from old paternalistic mental health practices (Le Boutillier et al, 2011). The objective today is to help patients and clients find their place in their families and in society, to lead a life that has meaning (Le Boutillier et al., 2011).

A personal journey to live a fulfilling, hopeful and satisfying life

UK Health Services says it all: Recovery is a personal journey to living a fulfilling, hopeful and fulfilling life. (CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College, 2019). Patients and clients are encouraged to take up this challenge to develop their own definition of recovery (CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College, 2019).

Therefore, today, recovering from anxiety, depression or any other mental health problem necessarily means that practitioners help and support patients to self-manage and self-determination, to set their own goals. and to chart their own path to feel better, to experience well-being.


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