An important source of confusion surrounding the use of the term recovery derives from the lack of clarity about the respective roles of healthcare professionals and people with mental health problems. Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and well-being, conduct their lives autonomously and strive to reach their full potential. Recovery-oriented care is what mental health treatment and rehabilitation professionals offer to support the person's long-term recovery efforts. The promotion of well-being through self-care and early intervention, both mentally and physically, is an important component of it. Recovery-oriented care requires that people in recovery be involved in all aspects and phases of the care process. This book clarifies the terminology and discusses some of the ways in which recovery and recovery-oriented care are commonly seen from the perspectives of practice. Thus, I defend that the person "in recovery" must remain at the center of all conceptualizations and debates, as well as the need to consider culture in the configuration of how recovery is seen and promoted in different societies. We believe it is necessary to promote this approach with cultural adaptations and include it in health schools and residency programs. Thus, students and future health professionals will know the model and can decide on its integration in daily practice.

Today, our society is characterized by a high-tech and industrial economy in which the principles of economics increasingly influence all areas of life. Productivity and performance thinking determine not only the working world but also the private life. The increasing demands are leading to a stress-ridden society in which it is increasingly difficult for every single person to find or maintain a personal balance. The consequences are mental disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, and fatigue. A sense of emptiness, coupled with the inability to do anything at all, can develop out of the requirement to always function. In addition to these general social phenomena, individual strokes of fate such as illness, unemployment, separation, and interpersonal conflicts can lead to the loss of inner balance. In the case of mental disorders arising from the above-described conflict between the individual and a world dominated by increasing economization, but also in specific mental illness, more and more creative recovery methods are used in addition to the classical forms of recovery in the sense of a creative coping with life.

As a truth seeker and naturopath, I have found that the most profound and beneficial lessons in life are taught by observing nature. What has taken me nearly two decades of research, learning, and education, I have learned in 2 minutes, from a seal. Why a seal you ask? A seal in nature is the perfect example of a mammal practicing the art of recovery.

In this book, our goal is to critically examine some of the ways in which recovery and recovery-oriented care are commonly viewed from the protagonist in their own care to the co-development and co-evaluation of programs. Read on to discover the four natural steps towards the art of recovery.