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NASMHPD/NTAC e-Report on Recovery – Fall 2004

There is hope in other ways, though. There is research, there are best practices, there’s self-help, there’s partnered collaborations that are already in existence that are supportable, fundable, and they are in demand. Further, there is the President’s New Freedom Commission to bring a vision of recovery into being. Further, there are people with lived experience working in the system all over the country. Maybe there’ll be a time when more people will become more recovery-oriented. Our current system is disease oriented, in that it is based in the disease model. Our system is still entrenched in that model. Perhaps there will come a time when self-disclosure will not be hazardous to your career, your professional health. There are more and more people self-educating about recovery who become people who can influence organizations in greater and greater ways. Many have started with GEDs and now they have PhDs. They are still living with symptoms, and are still recovering people. Further, there is more and more information that is carried on from person to person, to share concrete ways to make recovery possible. It’s done primarily by word of mouth from people with lived experience. The answer to the question is absolutely. To answer the question in another way, the caution is that this is kind of like trying to water ski behind a six-masted, ruddered tall ship. They don’t go fast, they don’t turn fast, and they don’t make waves. And if they make wakes, you have to get out of them. We are trying to get up on the water, but they don’t go fast enough. Where it’s bogged down is when people equate hope for recovery with that tall ship. Instead, you’ve got to equate it with the water skier who can swim faster than the ship. Maybe the water skier can succeed by finding an island, or they could find a way to get faster, maybe a motorboat. We need to change our perspective on this effort.

Knight: Because of the consumer/survivor movement, there is more hope now. We have pushed the notion of recovery, and we have pushed the notion of consumer-run and consumer–driven services in the field. I know of examples, some tragic examples, in some states and counties where there has been direct competition between consumer programs and day treatment programs run by the county. The consumer-run program was doing so much better than the day treatment programs, that the county took away the funding for the consumer-run program. This left an impact on people’s minds. People indeed did better and preferred the service of a clubhouse over a day treatment program. I think the work that Larry Fricks has done in Georgia is great, and the work of Mary Ellen Copeland, and Joe Rogers from Southeastern Pennsylvania. Mary Ann Long of Meta Services in Phoenix. The work of Andrew Phelps, John Delman and Moira Armstrong in Massachusetts, the work of Howie Vogel with Double Trouble, the work of Bonnie Pate of South Carolina—all these various people—I am leaving out a lot of people. All of these modalities have pushed the system, nationwide. Most of these people have been noticed nationally in places where consumers do and teach recovery. Those kinds of outposts of recovery have been extremely important. All of these people have influenced the local and national scene.

NASMHPD/NTAC e-Report on Recovery – Fall 2004

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