posted a chapter on his In the Space of Reasons blog entitled "The recovery model, values and narrative understanding ". He points to the confusion about the meaning of recovery, and even more so about what a recovery model might be.
As I wrote in my paper "Redressing the chemical imbalance", the concept of recovery is inherently critical of the biomedical model, and Tim Thornton seems to agree with me. I think the problem is its acceptance into official policy and nullification of its impact by interpretation within the biomedical context.
The use of the term 'recovery model' is unlikely to help fully define an alternative psychosocial paradigm. Nor, despite its merits, do I think the notion of 'narrative' will either. I've always said that the origin of the psychosocial approach was with Ernst von Feuchtersleben's The principles of medical psychology, first published in german in 1845 (see my article).
An optimisitic moralism, such as an emphasis on recovery, has always had its moments, perhaps particularly identified in the progressive outlook before the First World war. This can be contrasted with the materialism of an emphasis on structural pathology, producing a therapeutic pessimism, minimising the potential of people to change. It is important to give people hope in mental health services. This strand is one of the sources for a psychosocial alternative to the biomedical model, but I think it's unlikely to define the whole paradigm.