The purpose of the recovery process is to reclaim as much of the innate goodness of our lives as we can. The experience and expectation of goodness in our lives has been taken from us by the persons who abused us and by those who failed to stop or prevent our abuse. Many of us have lost any sense of joy or belief in ourselves. Life may seem like a burden of pain. We hope for some way to feel better. Working our way through recovery, we search for a new way of living free from the burdens we have carried for so long.