Overview of recovery options

People think about the process of recovery in different ways. Some of the differences come from the fact that people have experienced different kinds of abuse. But other differences represent fundamental differences in how people conceptualize abuse.

If you experience the central problem as being fundamentally about: you will probably lean towards conceptualizing recovery as involving:
traumatic memory “healing of memories”
unexperienced experiences re-living trauma under supportive conditions
trauma identity finding new identity, new life narratives
internal splitting reconnection/integration
bitterness/resentment forgiveness
developmental delays re-parenting, revisiting developmental tasks
boundary violations developing healthy boundaries
cognitive distortions identifying core lies
relational dysfunction growing healthier relationships
idolatrous attachments spiritual transformation

There is, of course, no reason to think that any one of these ways of thinking about the recovery process fully captures the complexity of the process. In this section we will look briefly at three ways of conceptualizing the recovery process. (We will also look at the role of resentment and forgiveness in more detail in the theological issues section of the course. See: here

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