Recovery Is Motion


By James David Michell

ISBN: 978-1-84991-787-2
Published: 2013
Pages: 142
Key Themes: Mental Health, Self Help, Recovery, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Schizo-Affective Disorder


The goal of this book is to have a unified, four-stage, recovery curriculum which can be implemented by and through group process, as well as, individually. Each phase of this book will reinforce the clinical aspects of the recovery-based model. The book will teach consumers the recovery skills and promote the motivation of a continuous engagement in that recovery. The book will reveal opportunities for the consumer to gain individual insight with open discussions on topics, with the aim of grasping the concepts of recovery as it pertains to each individual’s journey.

A personal journal is suggested for the consumer’s use, which will serve as a tool of reflection and guidance, as needed, for use in their own recovery. Throughout each phase, an overview of outcomes can be examined by the consumer as they see recovery success taking place in their own eyes. The growth process in each phase of the recovery book can be measured among the consumers’ goals as they ascertain recovery through the promotion of wellness and the knowledge gained from the recovery topics.

Filled with inspirational events about consumers who have integrated these recovery topics into their journey, giving the reader hope and motivation to overcome the disease of mental illness as well drawing upon that inspiration. Special attention is given to the consumers who suffer from what is known as, one of the four, mental illness, those illness being schizophrenia, bi polar, depression, and schizoaffective. With a different outlook of recovery, based on a non linear approach, bringing out consumers strengths and resieliency as they manage through the maze of recovery within the system of mental health.

About the Author

It began innocently enough—with a decision to attend a party during his sophomore year in high school. At the time, he was an A student, an avid churchgoer, and a starter on the school football team. But at that party, where he smoked his first cigarette and took his first hit of weed, he discovered firsthand the intoxicating effects of giving in to peer pressure. From there, the descent into drug abuse, criminal activity, and periodic homelessness followed a meandering but relentless line. With nowhere to go but down. By the time the haze cleared, he found myself locked up in a state mental ward, a paranoid schizophrenic on the verge of irreversible dementia. Only months before, he had been a peer provider to fellow addicts and mental consumers. Now his future looked bleak.

Littered by obstacles and setbacks, his long road to recovery is proof that anyone with enough determination and support can beat the odds. It is my hope that my look at recovery will serve as a guidebook to mental health “consumers,” their support network, and the healthcare providers who oversee their treatment and recovery. In his book Recovery is Motion: Journeys’ of Recovery, James David Michell sets up a self help type style curriculum along with inspirational input of the consumers he has aided and found success along the way. He also shares insight into his own disease and ways in which he overcame.

He has worked in the field of mental health for over seven years, and will be graduating from UNT with a degree in Rehabilitation. James is a qualified mental health professional and has a certificate in supported employment. He has used both his experiences in the field, and his firsthand knowledge of the mental disease of schizophrenia to aid people in various positions throughout his home town. You can follow James David Michell as he blogs at , where articles about mental health topics can be found.

Book Extract


We as consumers have been told many times which way we need to “recover” and what it means to be “recovered.” There are some people in the field of mental health who don’t believe that recovery is even possible. While we should be aware of and work in tandem with the clinics and doctors who help us to achieve recovery, it is ultimately a responsibility which we must take on ourselves.

In taking on that responsibility, we need to make sure we have the measurements of recovery determined by ourselves, not by someone else. Making recovery work for us means that it works in our lives and that it is successful for us by the way we view it in our own eyes. Finding the means and methods by which to achieve recovery is an adventure on its own, and there are several ways in which to utilize recovery concepts. Gathered together in this book are many topics which focus on recovery and which promote the active involvement by consumers as they create their own recovery plan. This book includes clinical aspects as well as practiced and practical concepts developed through the eyes of a peer.

This book is divided into four phases, starting with Putting Your Recovery into Motion. The second, third, and fourth phases are aimed at Activating Your Recovery, Managing Recovery, and finally, benefiting from your efforts by Participating in Recovery.

As consumers, we seek out a better way in which to function in life while eliminating the issues which come with having a mental illness. We should look at recovery as a responsibility to ourselves, to our loved ones, and to society as a whole. The most important aspect of recovery is continued engagement while practicing the concepts in the workbook. We are a unique people of strengths, showing perseverance in our position as a people of resilience. Recovery is actual and factual, and I hope that you discover in this book the inspiration and means by which to find it for yourself.


The first phase, Putting Your Recovery into Motion, is a good place to start, because to begin something, you must first put the process into motion. In this phase many concepts are looked at from a clinical and practical perspective. They are geared toward making the transition into a recovery which is filled with hope for a new beginning and inspiration for where you are going as you create your own method of recovery.

Different concepts of possible roadblocks which are common to us as consumers are also examined, as well as the ways by which we can overcome them. It is important to know about and investigate our diagnosis and whether we agree with it or not, as it is equally important to use all that information toward making each individual’s goal of recovery a reality.

The first topic in this motion phase of recovery is Motivation. Motivation is important in any aspect of life that people undertake. It is even more important for us as consumers to have a position or stance on which to start our recovery process, with the hope that the things that motivate us will come to fruition.

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