Thinking About Work


What is recovery?

Having a recovery “vision” sets the stage for having a vocational recovery vision. What is recovery? The answer to this question varies from person to person. However, here are some common “definitions” of recovery:

  • Recovery is a way of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills and roles. (Anthony)
  • Recovery is a way of facing the day’s challenges. (Deegan)
  • Recovery is a journey of healing and change allowing a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life. (SAMHSA).

A recovery vision helps you see a better future. A future, not as a patient but as a person. A person with hopes, dreams, interests and gifts. Thinking about recovery helps the whole family to see all the possible roles one can have as an adult.

In the section called Achieving Employment Goals, you will find some guidance on family recovery. This part of recovery describes the skills and supports that family members need. As family members learn coping skills, they will be able to help the family member more.

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How can I help my family member…

Think About Work
Find a Path to Employment
Achieve Employment Goals
Keep a Job

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