As a term used nearly universally across various health practitioners, “recovery” seems quite uncontroversial to many. There are, however, profound differences in what the word has actually come to mean and refers to over time across different groups.  For some, especially historically, “recovery” was synonymous with “healing” - a return or restoration to wholeness of body and mind. Over time, more and more people have been using recovery to refer to something more limited - namely, treatment.  The process of recovery then is often framed as synonymous with the process of treatment itself.

In an economic sense, “recovery” is also used to refer to certain indicators of progress in the larger economic system.  What counts as adequate recovery varies considerable depending on who is asked.

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