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Recovery model (PACE)

What does it mean to be in recovery?
  • Not necessarily free of symptoms

  • Making your own decisions

  • Active participation in society

  • Roles other than patient roles

  • Active networking and social networking

  • Being able to go through an emotional root without getting sick


What is recovery?

Recovery is a journey, not an event. It is multifaceted and takes place on the basis of the individual. The process is about acquiring or regaining recognized social roles that the individual chooses for himself. Multiple options for services and supports, chosen by the individual, contribute to recovery, both in terms of mental health services and other services. Choice is for everyone, not just those who others decide are “fit.” Choice and decision-making are especially important in recovery, because people must be seen as experts in their own recovery and their own needs. The choice must be to stand for real things that are important to the individual.

In recovery, the main focus is not on being symptom free, but on being balanced and achieving better mental health holistically. Conventional treatments often focus on reducing and eliminating symptoms, losing sight of the big picture. Recovery is about acquiring the skills to make your own decisions, to participate actively in society and to play roles other than the patient role. Individuals in recovery have active relationships and social networks and can go through an emotional upheaval without getting sick.

The PACE recovery model (People Advocating for change through Empowerment) was presented by Dr. Daniel B. Fisher and Laurie Ahern together with a guide to recovery (Personal assistance in community existence) referred to below. The battle model has later been updated to the recovery paradigm, which stands for recovery ideology, which is discussed by Fisher in his book, Heartbeats of hope; The empowerment Way to Recovery.

According to the recovery philosophy, a strong emphasis is placed on the fact that individuals can recover from an emotional problem, which is usually referred to as a mental problem within the health system. Such a problem is often attributed to difficult life experiences in one way or another. Therefore, recovery is not necessarily defined in such a way as to be free of all symptoms, but to be able to live a meaningful life and participate in society. It is important that everyone needs to be able to work on their own recovery on their own terms and to be able to use community services where people with similar experiences support each other in a non-institutional environment. Such a service is therefore based on people with lived experience of an emotional problem, people who have reached different stages in their recovery process. The PACE model defines 5 key factors that each person examines in their recovery process. Individuals then use different ways to achieve and maintain their recovery. In the recovery work, it is emphasized that people gain faith that they can recover, that they develop trusting relationships with others who also believe in the person's recovery, and that they acquire certain skills to be able to deal with life's tasks and crises. Part of the process is to reclaim yourself and your dreams and be a participant in a recovery community.

In Grófinn, the work is based on recovery philosophy in general, but there is also a special focus on this topic in group work in Geðrækt.

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Factors that stand in the way of recovery
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Factors contributing to recovery
  • Hope - The belief that tomorrow can be different from today

  • The relationship with other people - someone who believes in you when you don't

  • Positive role models , eg others who are in recovery

  • Hopelessness ("you're branded for life")

  • Lack of human contact (social isolation, cold environment)

  • Negative role models , for example, people who use more harmful than coping strategies, are not in a recovery process.



  • Personal assistance in community existence (Sótt 22.02.2021) - 00.cover.jpg        (​​​ Gefið út af National Empowerment Center, Inc.

  • Phd. Fisher, Daniel (2017). Heartbeats of hope; The Empowerment Way to Recover

  • Judi Chamberlin (2006). National Empowerment center. Nýsköpun og Bati: valdefling og bati. Fyrirlestur í Reykjavík, ágúst 2006.

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