Other National Programs

American Association of Community Psychiatrists

American Psychiatric Association

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Recovery Statements


• 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-establishing a new, a

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 -- Pat Deegan


• “Recovery is a deeply personal, unique process of changing one's attitudes, values,

feelings, goals, skills and/or roles. It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful and

contributing life even with limitations caused by the illness. Recovery involves the

development of new meaning and purpose in one's life as one grows beyond the

catastrophic effects of mental illness.” -- Bill Anthony


• A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a

self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential -- SAMHSA