Recovery From Trauma: A Hero's Journey
Throughout my own recovery, I longed for a real experience of what's called today Post Traumatic Growth. All along, beginning in 1994 with my first introduction to the concept of viewing recovery and psychological growth as a Hero's Journey, I've kept a mythological narrative (a story of recovery) running inside to help me find my way through to the end.
The story changed dramatically along the way. The Hero's Journey is wrought with unexpected challenges and much loss. As in any quest, the prize awaiting at the end of any recovery journey is a full experience of wellness, and a return to the life trauma forces us for a time to leave behind.
Post Traumatic Growth in recovery is a very real potential outcome for all who embark on this journey. Though I've still a ways to go to complete my own journey to full wellness, for the first time along the path, I know I'm now confidently well on the way to being whole.
Every recovery journey is uniquely personal. What works for one of us won't necessarily fit another. It's my sincere hope in sharing the discoveries I've made along the way, others will be encouraged to begin their personal quest to find wellness.
For more information about The Hero's Journey please visit
Joseph Campbell Foundation.
The Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien: A Tale Of Post Traumatic Growth
The Trauma Recovery Blog Official YouTube Channel