Nanette and Niel talk about getting on the road to recovery and understanding how to get well as a whole person.
You can't have mental health as a “by itself” concept. I think that's where the challenge had been because I had been sick for a long time and had stayed sick because there was a lack of understanding of how to get well as a whole person, instead of this one pinpoint area. That understanding of myself as a whole person has been understanding myself as being a spirit, having a mind, emotions and will, and living in a body. Those concepts that I just described to you are concepts that were introduced to me through a recovery program that I began to participate in at my church in 1996. And my friend Niel was one of the facilitators of that recovery program.Niel
I had been working as a counselor with my secular job, and because of my experience as a counselor they had asked me to be part of the recovery program. As I was a part of the recovery program, that's when Nanette came in and that's when we started having the class and things like that. That's when she began to go on her road to recovery. Nannette
Those individuals in particular were very much responsible for my gaining an understanding of that foundation of what I consider to be the foundation of recovery, at least for myself. Niel
I think Nanette is a perfect example of what somebody can do when society puts multiple labels, to break through those labels and become a completely different person.