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Recovery is a process, a way of life, an attitude, and a way of approaching the day's challenges. It is not a perfectly linear process. At times our course is erratic and we falter, slide back, regroup and start again. The need is to meet the challenge of the disability and to re-establish a new and valued sense of integrity and purpose within and beyond the limits of the disability; the aspiration is to live, work, and love in a community in which one makes a significant contribution.

Recovery is an ongoing dynamic interactional process that occurs between a person's strengths, vulnerabilities, resources and the environment.  It involves a personal journey of actively self-managing psychiatric disorder while reclaiming, gaining and maintaining a positive sense of self, roles and life beyond the mental health system, in spite of the challenge of psychiatric disability.  Recovery involves learning to approach each day's challenges, to overcome disabilities, to live independently and to contribute to society.  Recovery is supported by a foundation based on hope, belief, personal power, respect, connections, and finding self-identity. Finding one’s self-identity is the most important part of recovery.

Identity is not just what you know; it is also how you know. People are not born with an identity. Rather, identity is something that evolves over time. Young children have simple identities and see things in an overly simple, generally self-serving manner. As people grow older and wiser, they identify themselves with other people, places and things in increasingly sophisticated ways and start to grow out of this initial selfishness.

People's identity is rooted in their identifications; in what they associated themselves with. What a person associates him or herself with is ultimately who that person is, for all identity is ultimately in relationship to something else. An American person identifies himself or herself as "American", for example, and that becomes part of that American person's identity.

Our identity changes often over the years from childhood through the teenage years, then we identify with our career orientation, then we go into relationships, maybe parenthood, then on through those busy years toward midlife and then the empty nest, forward to our senior years.

Mostly people identify themselves with outward expressions of themselves, careers, families, looks, clothes, home, possessions, and education. All of these things reveal some aspects of our identity to a certain extent. Often it is only when there is a crisis of change that we begin to ask if we are being true to ourselves.

Supporting personal recovery involves moving away from a focus on treating illness and towards promoting well-being. This will involve transformation, in which professional models become part of a larger understanding of the person. This understanding can be guided by the Personal Recovery Framework which is based on the four domains of recovery that emerge from accounts of people who have lived with mental illness.

Self-identity is the center of recovery. One has to personally know who they are before they can change anything about themselves.

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