Recovery International

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Join millions of people who have used Recovery International groups to change their lives for the better. Recovery International offers a cognitive behavioral training method developed by the late neuropsychiatrist Dr. Abraham Low. For more than 80 years, this method has helped people learn to identify and manage negative thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behaviors that can lead to emotional distress and related physical symptoms.


Announcing a new introductory workbook to the Recovery Method! Better. Mental. Health. for Everyone can be used alone or as part of a group introduction to the Method. If you or someone you know is just getting started with Recovery, this as a helpful guide to learning and practicing the RI Method.

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Archives Donation to University of Illinois at Chicago Dr. Abraham Low Special Collection

In 1937 Dr. Abraham A. Low, a neuropsychiatrist with the Psychiatric Institute at the University of Illinois, worked with his patients to form the organization now known as Recovery International (RI) to help patients re-integrate into the community following hospitalization. He developed techniques of self-help to augment outpatient treatments by professionals. Among the records are nearly complete sets of newsletters and other publications (books, pamphlets, brochures, etc.), transcriptions of taped interviews with Abraham Low done not long before his death, unpublished manuscripts, correspondence of Low, his wife Mae Low and other key leaders, and more.




Stories of Hope

When that black cloud of depression hovers over me, or the anxiety and temper drive me close to using and abusing, I find "turning it over" actually means I must take some action steps, Like moving the muscles to use some objectivity and to change my insecure thought to secure ones. This takes a will to effort and a will to bear discomfort.

"Fortunately there was a Recovery group in my area and the discipline of weekly meetings helped me begin to get myself back together. However, it was reading a chapter every day and trying to practice the Method that opened the door to self-confidence that "feelings are not facts" and set me free."

"So, during my last hospital stay, I decided to attend Recovery meetings after my release. That was three years ago, and I'm still well."

I have had setbacks, but when I read one of Dr. Low's books, I realize my setbacks are average, that everyday life is full of irritations, disappointments, and frustrations and that feelings are not facts.

"Recovery International has given me my life and it has given me a philosophy to help me cope with everyday living."

Soon after discovering Recovery International, I began to feel better. I undertook leadership training, volunteering my time to do whatever I could to help all those out there suffering needlessly and quietly as I had been.


Volunteer peer leaders all over the world.


Mental health service hours provided a year


Years serving more than 1 million people

Recovery Reporter

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