Recovery Stories – Episode 5: The Medical Model & Resistance to Recovery

In the fifth installment of Recovery Stories, people with lived experience respond to the question “What would it take for the recovery model to truly take hold?”

Before the concept of recovery evolved, many individuals’ experience of treatment left them feeling that they were fundamentally broken, and that their only recourse would be a lifetime of medication, with little hope for a positive quality of life. The people whose voices are gathered here have experienced how recovery can re-shape the way they relate to themselves and the world. They have some thoughts on how focusing on strengths and including peer support as part of treatment can give others with mental health needs hope, and a renewed sense of possibility for the future.