Recovery changes the power balance between the practitioner and the client, and sometimes between the client and power structures in the community. Recovery mirrors community development in that it “involves changing the relationships between ordinary people and people in positions of power, so that everyone can take part in the issues that affect their lives.” [adapted from CD Wikipedia]
Western mental health care and recovery practice has a strong focus on the individual: “Recovery refers to both internal conditions experienced by persons who describe themselves as being in recovery - hope, healing, empowerment and connection - and external conditions that facilitate recovery - implementation of human rights, a positive culture of healing, and recovery-oriented services.” (Jacobson and Greenley, 2001 p.482)
Some cultural values more strongly reflect personal well-being through family, community, and social values linked to obligations and expectations Recovery practice is often conducted in the context of conflicting and changing social values, within and with communities. “The idea of an active participatory collective culture is counter to the individualised, consumerist culture that says culture is something we purchase in pre-packaged form and consume in individual privacy”. (Ife, J.2003. Community Development and Human Rights).
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