There are as many definitions to the word “recovery” as there are people who are attempting to reach it. We who were brutally traumatized in childhood aren’t really in “recovery” as we didn’t start in life whole, rather we are attempting to make our lives better while living with the effects of having been harmed by those who should have been providing for and protecting us.
Since I am diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, my definition of recovery has been to achieve as much coawareness and coconsciousness as possible so that I can continue into life with the chaos that not having those two things bring burning at a low level. Notice, I did not say the chaos would COMPLETELY go away, I said it would burn at a low level, hopefully a controllable one. Since extreme stress can bring on switching, I cannot say that I will never, ever lose a large amount of time or act erratically ever again.
However, I CAN have a good life at peace with myself, which means being at peace with the alters in my system.
While reading the list what “recovery” means, I would like you to ask yourself the question…
“What does recovery mean to me?”
Leave your answers in the comment section below. Thanks Shirley