Recovery as what the mental health system is supposed to be about

From the archives

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One of the simply silliest ideas I have heard recently is the one that says that recovery is remission and it doesnt matter what you do if you are going to go into remission you are going to go into remission and what you do is not important.  It is not something you can take credit for.  It simply happens.  It is kind of a psychiatric predestination.

The only people I know who believe this are those that in some are associated with the Treatment Advocacy Center.  I have worked in the mental health system for 38 years and have never met one professional who believed anything remotely like this.

Dr. William Anthony started writing about recovery over 20 years ago and was one of the founders of the field of psychiatric rehabilitation.  The post below is from the archives of this blog and largely based on his writing.


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