Carrie, your article touched me insofar as you struck a tender cord about how we can never return to being who we once were; “recovery” is a misnomer, in that respect. I have had my own issues with traditional methods of recovery and have gone the spiritual route of addressing my problems. Oftentimes, psychiatry relegates spirituality to the desperate among us who have no other way of coping, but this is absolutely not true. I have found many alternate methods for recovery on my own which have worked, and I would like to share them with you. Despite a difficult life of taking psychotropic medication for 38 years and being hospitalized nine times in 31 years, I have been blessed through yoga and an experience of awakening to my inner self. This is what keeps me going, the memory of a unified state, that I use as a backdrop for handling the vicissitudes of life. There are many resources available to support the struggle and substantiate a new way of handling “recovery.” The human potential movement has a plethora of books and programs that can fulfill you and give you the sense of self that traditional recovery methods may not be able to provide. I recommend my favorite online programming at http://www.gaia.com/. There is also a CD program from SoundsTrue.com you might want to look into for inspiration about getting in touch with your innate perfection, which Dr. Candace Pert, the author, says is your birthright: “To Feel Go(o)d: The Science and Spirit of Bliss.” Dr. Pert is a psychopharmacologist, neuropeptide researcher and author of the bestselling “Molecules of Emotion.” I would also suggest a supplement that has really cured bipolars and depressives, known as “EmpowerPlus” which restores neurochemistry to its homeostatic state before the onset of problems. There are dozens of success stories of people who got off their meds and whose lives were turned around by EmpowerPlus. Here is the link: http://www.truehope.com/. One must never lose hope in this battle. I wish you all success in your journey.