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Recovery: The Lived Experience of Rehabilitation

Patricia Deegan


This paper distinguished between recovery and rehabilitation. Psychiatrically disabled adults do not “get rehabilitated” but rather they recover a new and valued sense of self and of purpose. Through the recovery process they become active and responsible participants in their own rehabilitation project. The experiences of recovery as lived by a physically disabled man and a psychiatrically disabled woman are discussed. Recommendations for creating rehabilitation environments that facilitate the recovery process are also given.

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Contributed on 7/7/2010

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