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Experience of Recovery

LeRoy Spaniol and Martin Koehler

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Was: $10.00

Experience of Recovery

LeRoy Spaniol and Martin Koehler


Was: $10.00


Recommended for use with The Recovery Workbook and The Recovery Workbook II: Connectedness to provide models for the recovery process and to inspire hope for people experiencing psychiatric disability, for their families, and for mental health professionals.


Personal accounts of persons who have experienced psychiatric disability—how they have struggled and coped to develop a more solid sense of themselves, their relationships, their living, learning, and working environments, and to meaning and purpose in life.

Citation: Spaniol, L. & Koehler, M. (Eds). (1994). The experience of recovery. Boston, MA: Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Product Details

PDF file: 96 pages
Published: 1994
ISBN: 978-1-878512-04-8

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • They Said I Would Never Get Better by Andrea Schmook
  • Poem: Up in the Morning by Moe Armstrong
  • My Life with Schizophrenia by Barry McQuillin
  • The Challenge of Recovery by Anonymous
  • Poem: Transportation by Moe Armstrong
  • Mental Illness and How I Overcame It by Diane Zagrodnik\
  • My Road to Recovery by Martin Koehler
  • Coping and Recovery by Anonymous
  • Keeping Time in Chaos by Gloria Dickerson
  • Overcoming the Black Garden by Gaston Clouier
  • Poem: Sounds of Songs by Moe Armstrong
  • A Death-Rebirth Experience by David Alexander
  • Lithium’s Other Face by Robert Berman
  • Poem: Jack Kerouac Didn’t Have a Case Manager by Moe Armstrong
  • My Struggle for Freedom by Dana Lynn
  • What Happened and How “What Happened” Got Better by Moe Armstrong
  • Recovery: The Lived Experience of Rehabilitation by Patricia E. Deegan
  • On My Own: A Personal Journey Through Madness and Re-Emergence by Rae Unzicker
  • Transforming Depression Into Creative Self-Expression by Betty F. McDermott
  • My Self Story by Barbara E. Wilson
  • The Risks and Rewards of Advocacy by Richard Weingarten
  • From Both Sides: The Experience of a Psychiatric Survivor and Psychotherapistby Virginia R. Wentworth


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LeRoy Spaniol, PhD

Dr. Spaniol retired in 2004 as Senior Director at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. He holds a doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has over 40  years of experience in the mental health field as counselor, advocate, program developer, administrator, and educator. Dr. Spaniol was the Founder and Executive Publisher of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. He taught as an Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at Boston University. He also founded and taught in the Recovery Center, a rehabilitation program for people with psychiatric disabilities at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. He was President of NAMI of Cape Cod and served on the Affordable Housing Committee for the Town of Wellfleet, MA. Dr. Spaniol has published 18 books and many book chapters and articles about psychiatric rehabilitation, recovery, and families.

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Martin Koehler, BA

Mr. Koehler worked as a teaching assistant and a research assistant at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation for many years. He was involved in numerous presentations at conferences and co-authored several books on recovery published by our Center.


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