Personal Recovery

Recovery thinking according to the CHIME model COURSE (in ROM-Agder)

Is an idea that has emerged among people who have experienced mental health challenges, and means something other than clinical recovery. The most commonly used definition of personal recovery is proposed by William A. Anthony (1993). 

"Recovery is a deeply personal, unique process that involves changing one's attitudes, values, emotions, goals, skills and / or roles. It is a way of living a life that provides hope, well-being and the opportunity to contribute, despite "The limitations that mental problems represent. Recovery means new meaning and new goals for life, and opportunities to grow and develop." (Anthony 1993 in Borg, Karlsoon and Stenhammer, 2013, p. 10)

Supporting personal recovery involves shifting focus, from addressing health challenges to promoting well-being. This involves a change where professional understanding models become part of a holistic understanding of the person. The holistic understanding can be guided by the framework of the personal recovery process. The framework is based on the four recovery areas, which spring from the experiences of people who have lived with mental health challenges:

  • Hope, as a frequent self-reported component of recovery 
  • Identity, including current and future self-image 
  • Meaning in life, including meaning in life and life goals
  • Personal responsibility, the ability to take personal responsibility for one's own life.