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Recovery as a Self-Directed Process of Healing and Transformation

Patricia E. Deegan

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Recovery is often defined conservatively as returning to a stable baseline or former level of functioning. However many people, including myself, have experienced recovery as a transformative process in which the old self is gradually let go of and a new sense of self emerges. In this paper I will share my personal experience of recovery as a self-directed process of healing and transformation and offer some suggestions as to how professionals can support the recovery process.

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Contributed on 04/02/2010

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