What is Recovery?

by Neseret on July 12, 2011

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Recovery is a process of accepting challenges and working through them.

It is the journey of personal development and growth.

Recently doing research on a definition of recovery I came across the excerpt below.

“Recovery can be defined as a personal process of tackling the adverse impact of experiencing mental health problems, despite their continuing or long-term presence. Used in this sense,recovery does not mean “cure”.

Recovery is about people seeing themselves as capable of recovery rather than as passive recipients of professional interventions.

Recovery involves personal development and change,

including acceptance there are problems to face, a sense of involvement and control over one’s life, the cultivation of hope and using the support from others, including collaborating in solution-focused work with informal carers and professional workers.

Some people recovering from mental illness claim that this “disability” has increased the depth and reach of their lives. Out of adversity has come change, personal development and growth.This is in stark contrast to the still predominant yet rarely spoken belief that people may never make a recovery.”

The road to recovery is not always easy, but it is worth it.

In my own life I can look back and see how far I’ve come. I can also honestly say that all the pain and heartache I felt working through my issues are now worth it. I have finally come to a place of acceptance. I have peace of mind and joy and compassion for others who are still suffering.

For me the issues I had to work on stemmed mostly from my childhood. I will tell you about those in another post. However, for you it maybe something else. Every person has different challenges they face in their lives. For some it maybe a physical disability, and for others it maybe the death of a loved one, and for others it is addictions of some sort.

Regardless of what it is people are struggling with the responsibility to work through those challenge remains the responsibility of the individual. No matter what has happened in our past we still have the ability to rise above it, work through it and learn to make the best of our lives.

To me that is what recovery is all about.

It is about empowerment.

I could look back at my life and see so many things that have happened that were not necessarily positive. I could have chosen to be bitter about it and become self destructive. For a time I did some of that, but at a certain point in my life I decided that I was going to take control of my own life.

I chose a different path, than what was easy. Doing the work of recovery I had to face my fears, and my worst demons. I had to look at the past and the things that were unpleasant and confront them. I had to come to acceptance of what happened and what is now. Then I had to learn to let go.

At times it may seem so easy to just numb the pain in different ways. Even to be in denial and believe that the problems didn’t exist, but they were there. I knew they were there.

What holds most people back from facing their problems is FEAR.

People put up so many walls in order not to face their fears. Building walls will eventually isolates you and creates a prison.

The road to recovery begins when it becomes too painful to live in that prison and you become willing to start taking those walls and defenses down. It begins when you start to face your fears and start tackling the issues in your life. It is not easy in the beginning, but it becomes easier. In the end it is much better than living with the pain and misery of unresolved issues.

In other post I will be sharing with you my journey of recovery. My hope is that you will know that whatever you’re facing in your life you’re not alone. Also that if you take small steps in the right direction that you can conquer any challenge.

Recovery is possible if you’re willing to do the work.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Nelson July 12, 2011 at 12:43 am

I feel its “reactive” vs. ” passive.” Do note that every Lifestream is at a different level of grief, acceptance and healing and what one uses in recovery as an active method, may not work for another. However, to sit “idle” and be passive will result more or less in the same outcome for those deciding to make decision to turn away from “betterment.”

You mention blocks, we very much put up shields and guards when the door is wide open to allow for empowerment and change. To see “surrender” in another perception we can view surrender as allowing ourselves to be the passive audience member in a play acted out but refuse to be an active participant in the drama of negative, low energy and disheartening vibration.

So to summarize, in this scenario, being passive is the benefit as we allow ourselves not to get wrapped up in stressors and being active is the disenchanment part if we allow ourselves to fall into that trap of being a participant in a storyline where judging, co-dependency, letting trauma from the past carry over and the like to be master of our world vs. being passively active by taking our scepter and rod and claim we are master to create the change we want.

My mind got a great mental workout writing so I will say my Love and Peace, Nelson


Nelson July 12, 2011 at 12:53 am

Recovery is an ongoing skill waiting to be tapped that willl continue to carry us on the Path closer to freedom each time . While not an overnight event but ongoing, new ideas come to firmation through meeting new people, discovering new aspirations, never ever quitting no matter how deep in anger, guilt , shame or sadness or any feeling vibrating within at a low energy rate which thus can only be detrimental and keep us stuck vs. allowing us to rise and soar toward oyr highest dreams and aspiration on a road that does not end. The eternal, neverending, ongoing road to recovery.

With Gratitude and Peace, Nelson Remember to always let your heart soar!


Neseret July 12, 2011 at 1:01 am

Hi Nelson,

Wow! I absolutely love that take on the meaning of recovery. I can testifiy that in my own life I’ve experienced recovery that way. This is a very precise and true to life description of the process of recovery. It is defintely ongoing and yes you never give up. There will always be challenges in life. There are times when we make mistakes or fail, but what matters is that we get back up and keep on going.

I love your saying… “rise and soar towards our highest dreams and aspirations on a road that does not end.” This is so true. That is the choice we make each and everyday. The choice to remain victims or to take control of our lives and move forward. To take one step at at time in the direction of our dreams and goals or settle for the crumbs of life.

Thank you so much for sharing. Blessings and Peace,



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