Recovery is a renewed belief in the human experience
Jeffrey Perry
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Baltic Street, AEH, Inc. [Advocacy, Employment and Housing, (incorporated)] Bridger Program
Program Supervisor and CPRP (Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner)

Recovery is a renewed belief in the human experience—a belief in one's self, as well as, the belief in others. We can easily lose trust when situations have low merit; when we live in subhuman conditions that are below the poverty level without moral economic norms. Here no human being finds a love for one’s self. This coupled with a devastating mental health issue can deplete a person of any belief in themselves. We then learn to look to others for validation, most of which is not there for someone who is in a compromised circumstance. We begin not to trust our own instinct and only second guess ourselves. As a coping mechanism we look for help. We are faced with a truth that we must rely on another. But whom can we trust?
Do we trust the loved one, the same one who called the police or those who sent us to the psychiatric hospital? Maybe you came in on your own accord or/and in your rational mind, but realizing that you needed some help? This, believe me, is quite commonplace that you–yourself—go for help! You are then handled by another human being, not just physically but also mentally during an assessment or intake process. We must trust those talking to us face-to-face. But once the evaluation is done, we can lose our trust in everything because of the immediate results; particularly, the admission to a psychiatric unit. (Or if there is no admission, were those concerns and questions asked and answered, addressed for you and those who brought you in?) Trust becomes an issue!
Whom can I look to trust now? Can I still and do I still trust myself? I believe that I was blank (mentally) through most of my intake process. Most the time you just trusted that this is what is the best for you and others are looking out for your best interest. We normally and naturally, as human beings, “trust” the system. Not until, we become a consumer of those services do we begin to ask questions, as over time and throughout our experiences, we lose trust completely, in anything. Whether we are humiliated to total submission by this system or lose faith in ourselves (or a loving God) for not being able to contest what has happened to us that we can be told ‘what” to do through another person’s understanding and not ours. Once you find an “out,” someone who may listen to you as another human being, whether that is a clinician or peer, do we find trust again? But learning trust with another is close to learning “love” and it is difficult to except either love or trust for another without having a self-trust and self-love. This is how the idea and notion of recovery from mental health issues becomes important.
Recovery has to be a belief first that you have a self-worth that any and all human beings must share and must have to exist. The second belief in recovery is in yourself and those around you and how your life has to continue in a positive direction and you no longer face just negative outcomes. In a word, there has to be “hope” for the future. “Hope” for you! And a “hope” for the others around you! We must have an opening where a renewed person can emerge and where s/he can grow. We must be given the chance, place, and time to recover ourselves. This “opening or hope” may just begin with a small opening in our hearts, as we learn to care again.
As a belief, the idea and promise of recovery understands the power of the human existence. “One life can be a credit to all life”
Jeffery Perry:Baltic Street, AEH, Inc. [Advocacy, Employment and Housing, (incorporated)] Bridger Program
Program Supervisor and CPRP (Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner
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