Thirty of the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Recovery and Recovery-Oriented Practice(along with some beginning answers) Do people really recover? And if so, why don’t I see them? Is recovery evidence based? How is recovery-oriented care different from simply implementing evidence-based practices? How is recovery different from psychiatric or psychosocial rehabilitation? How does recovery-oriented practice relate to the medical model or clinical care? Is the recovery movement anti-professional? How do you see mental health recovery interfacing with the substance abuse recovery movement? How is recovery relevant for inpatient units and/or psychiatric emergency departments? How is recovery relevant for a justice-involved client population? Is recovery different for people from different cultural backgrounds? How is recovery relevant for children and youth? What does “resilience” mean? What does it mean for practices to be resiliency oriented?* How can I instill hope in those I work with? What if people don’t want care, or don’t have personal goals? What role do medications play in recovery? How can consumers self-direct their treatment and their lives if they have a mental illness? Do you really believe that people with serious mental illnesses should be trusted to make their own decisions? Why is work an important component of recovery? Many people living with psychiatric illness are often concerned about losing their benefits if they return to work. How can you address these concerns? What role does trauma play in recovery? What role does spirituality play in recovery? What roles do the body and physical well-being play in recovery? What is peer support? Who provides peer support? How/where can you find funding for peer support services? What are the various roles that people in recovery can play as service providers? Should peers work as peer specialists in the same clinic/program where they receive their own mental health care? How can program directors take a leadership role in motivating their staff to become recovery oriented and develop true partnerships with clients? How does the relationship between the practitioner and the service user change in recovery-oriented practice? How can a practitioner adopt recovery-oriented practices within the context of a traditional or conventional mental health program or setting? What kind of culture change is required to support recovery-oriented practices? How are recovery-oriented services funded? Are they supported by Medicaid and/or Medicare?
certainly most of you will consider this post overkill. and i am sure i will review and rescind some of the youtube segments. but i cannot overemphasize the magnitude with which william white’s ideas and insights have (and still are) revolutionizing how many view and approach treatment and recovery.
i have posted previously about addiction being the disease of our time. perhaps because i work in the field, my beliefs have moved in this direction, but it does ring truth for me. a huge percentage of our culture is now in prison because of the compulsion of the brain for dopamine. the stigma of “feel good” has infiltrated so many board rooms and backroom deals. as a society we prefer to make people with difficult issues disappear rather than help them solve them. and i contend that our society is hesitant to look at our own relationship with dopamine so we avoid insisting that anyone else examine theirs.
this all will change. it has too. i hope it is soon. my intention is to continue to learn about recovery and discuss and share my findings. after all- that’s how i found a solution for myself. i didn’t see it for a long time. but now i do.