The Transformation of Identity in Recovery

It seems to me that the transformation of identity for an individual in recovery has essentially four stages.  Stage one has the individual’s identity as fundamentally very negative in nature and the person not present to its existence.  Most individuals in recovery are not aware of the fact that they do not like themselves much, a stage of denial.  Stage two happens through the process of recovery and counseling, where the person becomes present to his negative self image, his negative identity.  Stage three is where the individual has consciously reinvented himself and created a positive self image.  The work of recovery and psychotherapy takes place between stage one and stage two and between stage two and stage three with the individual being resistant to the growth that is being presented.  Stage four is where the individual has reinvented himself and now, unlike stage three is not conscious of his ontology but rather is being it.

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