People can and do recover from mental illnesses every day. Recovery may look different to different people. For some, it may mean a complete elimination of their symptoms. For others it may mean successfully managing their illness and living a full and meaningful life.
The Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) describes recovery this way: "Mental health 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 recovery approach may change the way a person lives by offering a satisfying, hopeful, and productive life in spite of limits caused by
the illness. Four dimensions support recovery:
Health: overcoming or managing one's disease(s) and living in a physically and emotionally healthy way;
Home: a stable and safe place to live;
Purpose: meaningful daily activities such as a job, education, volunteering, family connections, or creative activity, and the independence, income, and other resources to participate in society; and
Community:relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.
Recovery is a deeply personal and unique process of changing one's attitudes, values, self concept, and goals. It is finding ways to live a hopeful, satisfying, active, and contributing life." Click the links below to see Chester County residents talk about their recovery journeys. These are just a few of many stories of perseverance, patience, and success.