Recovery psychology/Theory

The Theory of RecoveryEdit

In researching recovery, there may be little to no findings on the internet or in any literature offline that represents a scientific theory of recovery. There may be a lot of declarations of what recovery is or that it does happen, but there is a shortage of describing the stages or recovery. The following are some of the ideas that various writers of recovery have come up with:

  • Twelve Step Recovery-This is prehaps the easiest to remember or the easist to understand; since it is the oldest recovery theory or recovery philosophy.
  • Recovery Inc started by Abraham Low was the first to adapt 12 step recovery to be about helping persons with mental illness. His theory started the Abraham Low Self-Help Systemsa cognitive-behavioral, peer-to-peer, self-help training system.

Patricia Deegan Inside OutsideEdit

"Inside Outside" is a work of hope created by former patients and film-makers Pat Deegan and Terry Strecker. The film depicts the lives of eight people with very significant histories of institutionalization, as they transition from nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals into the community. In the spirit of the President's New Freedom Initiative and the Supreme Court's Olmstead Decision, the film carries the message that recovery and life in the community are possibilities even for people who are viewed as the most chronic or impaired. The film leaves audiences of professionals and people with psychiatric disabilities alike, cheering for these eight individuals as they make their journey from inside institutions to full community inclusion on the outside. Produced for the US Department of Health And Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services. Production Company: Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. Creative Commons license: Public Domain.

"Inside Outside" PART 2 is a work of hope created by former patients and film-makers Pat Deegan and Terry Strecker. The film depicts the lives of eight people with very significant histories of institutionalization, as they transition from nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals into the community. In the spirit of the President's New Freedom Initiative and the Supreme Court's Olmstead Decision, the film carries the message that recovery and life in the community are possibilities even for people who are viewed as the most chronic or impaired. The film leaves audiences of professionals and people with psychiatric disabilities alike, cheering for these eight individuals as they make their journey from inside institutions to full community inclusion on the outside. Produced for the US Department of Health And Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services.

  1. . Inside Inside-Inside the hospital mentally and physically (see Learned Helplessness)Institutionalized
  2. . Inside Outside-Inside the hospital mentally and outside physically
  3. . Outside Inside-Outside the hospital mentally and inside physically; high level of recidivism
  4. . Outside Outside-Outside the hospital mentally and physically; community relationships, state of mind that is ones own responsibility and control to be in recovery. Natural healing where an internal psychological process tells the person to get better. In this stage a person wants to because recovery comes from inside the person and not inside the institution. The choice not to go back to the hospital. "when the person starts to get better they lose all their friends" see Identity Politics see also Personal Medicine

Other theoryEdit

  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan TM by Mary Ellen Copeland
  • Recovery is a process not a destination. This is the typical doctrine, which has been repeatedly used.
  • Recovery process explained as a non-linear process of grieving: Anger, Denial, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance Elizabeth Kubler-Ross developed the "Five Stages of Grief." In the video Recovery Section 2 Part 4 from virtualward on YouTube above the speaker Larry, tells of a womans recovery in the terms of the greiving process, not unlike the five stages of grief, these five stages are not linear. This is one model of the recovery process, do all recovery expeirinces conform to this paradigm?
  • Mark Raggins
  • Mental Health Recovery Project: The mental health recovery project holds the theory of integrating clinical psychology and positive psychology; with the focus on wellness instead of illness. Martin Seligman has founded "positive psychology" which does not look at what is wrong with a person but what is right about a person.