Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Recovery, Overview

  • Nick Kerman
  • Susan Eckerle Curwood
  • Reena Sirohi
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_417


The recovery model is an approach to mental health services that challenges the traditional concepts of the medical model system, particularly the idea that many mental health conditions are defining lifelong ailments requiring symptom-focused treatment. Definitions of recovery vary significantly in origin and meaning, as does implementation of the recovery model and recovery-oriented services, causing some confusion and creating cause for debate. However, the idea that recovery in some form is possible for all is widely seen as a new guiding principle to mental health services in many countries.


Recovery in relation to any physical or mental condition occurs within a spectrum of possibilities, with variations based on the level and depth of how a person may be affected. Recovery from a mild or temporary physical condition generally requires complete restoration (e.g., recovery from a cold), where recovery from a deep chronic condition can refer to a partial...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nick Kerman
    • 1
  • Susan Eckerle Curwood
    • 1
  • Reena Sirohi
    • 1
  1. 1.Community Support and Research UnitCentre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada