“Recovery is described as a deeply personal, unique process of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings, and goals, skills, or roles. It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life even with the limitations caused by mental illness. Recovery involves the development of new meaning and purpose in one’s life as one grows beyond the catastrophic effects of mental illness.” – William Anthony, PhD, 1993.
Recovery focuses on the development of new meaning and purpose as individuals or families grow beyond the problems associated with the concerns that led them to seek services.People with mental illnesses can and do become productive members of their communities but they often need more than medication to realize their potential. New psychotropic medications coupled with evidenced-based practices, and informal familial and social support is proving to be effective. This ‘recovery’-based system recognizes the patients’ needs for a team-effort that is helping them in learning to live with mental illness and the societal stigma associated with it.
It is important to us that our clients are referred to as being ‘individuals with mental illnesses’ rather than simply mentally ill individuals. Not many people would see the difference, but to us, the difference is vital. It is this difference that sets us apart from others because The Recovery House rejects the idea that an individual with a mental illness should be isolated. We utilize evidence-based practices to treat and rehabilitate the whole person, not just their mental illness, to make them re-learn their life skills, to enable them to feel better without so much help, and to feel independent and comfortable with themselves.
Our foremost goal as psychiatric rehabilitation experts is to ensure that every individual in our care, called clients, receives the necessary skills, interventions and assistance to live an independent and fulfilling life. Where appropriate, we assist both clients and their families with grief counseling as they learn to let go of some of the hopes and aspirations they had for a client who has been diagnosed with serious mental illness and embrace a new appreciation for the client’s potential for a healthy, meaningful and productive life.
Our clients are all unique—each with their own needs, aspirations, skills and talents. When such a fundamental difference exists, it is not possible for us to force our clients into an inflexible rehabilitation scheme, or to box them into one category. Because of all that sets them apart, we believe that our clients are entitled to the highest quality of care, and a customized rehabilitation plan, specially tailored as per the needs of each client. Each client works with our staff to set their own specific goals and objectives, based on their desires, and levels of functioning. The Recovery House’s recovery model is to work with people with mental illnesses to enable them to pave their individual path to recovery themselves, rather than do it on their behalf.