Thinking About Work
What is vocational recovery?
Vocational Recovery is a personal journey to pursue, meet and achieve meaningful vocational paths. (BUCPR) Vocational recovery is more than getting a job. It is pursuing experiences that give meaning, purpose, and activity to one’s life. (Russinova) Meaningful work experiences can involve a variety of work and school experiences. The key to vocational recovery in particular is “hope”.
“Hope” is the belief that challenges can be overcome, and is the foundation of recovery. As long as a vocational experience provides hope, it has meaning. For some, the right job is their personal medicine. “I have learned that psychiatric medicine is not the only type of medicine that is important to recovery. Personal medicine, or those things that raise our self esteem and make life worth living are vital to recovery.” (Deegan)