What do we understand about recovery?
What is Recovery?
Neami's Practice Approach

Recovery Oriented Practice Models’ (ROP) are practice models that acknowledge the Recovery Journey as individual, unique and non-linear. They provide frameworks of engagement that support and develop autonomy and create an environment where self-agency, self-efficacy and hope can flourish into a meaningful life.

Recovery Oriented Practice models like the Collaborative Recovery Model are informed by the values of the Consumer Participation Movement and the Recovery Movement and draw from elements of positive psychology such as

  • The Strengths Based Approach
  • Wellbeing Theories
  • Hope and Self-Efficacy Theory
  • Self- Determination Theory
  • Resilience Theory
  • Mindfulness Practices
Psychological Recovery

“Psychological recovery refers to the establishment of a fulfilling, meaningful life and a positive sense of identity founded on hopefulness and self-determination.”

(Andresen, Oades and Caputi, 2003)

Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person, in the presence or absence of symptoms. It is about having control over and input into your own life. Each individual’s recovery, like his or her experience of the mental health problems or illness, is a unique and deeply personal process. 

[from Scottish Recovery Network adopted by Neami’s Board of Directors]

 “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.”

(Deegan, 1988)

Stages of Recovery

Research says there are five main stages of recovery. These are described for you below:

Moratorium - This stage is characterised by withdrawal and a sense of hopelessness and powerlessness

Awareness - This stage is characterised by aspiration without clear direction and is a time when alternatives start being considered

Preparation - This stage is characterised by the setting of tentative goals, and the establishment of resource networks

Rebuilding - This stage is characterised by the active pursuit of goals, a sense of achievement and productivity and strong determination begins to emerge

Growth - This stage is characterised by a sense of contentment, an optimistic outlook on the future and a strong sense of self.

from ‘Psychological Recovery’ by Oades, Andressen, Caputi