Written by Amber Lubinsky
Recovery takes on many forms and is a journey we can all relate to. It is a journey that breaks us down, challenges us, and builds us back up. Whether we are working through the loss of a loved one, battling addiction, or struggling to find a way to manage our own mental health; we all are on the journey to self-healing.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defines recovery as,“A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
So what’s important to know about recovery?
Two of the best preventive measures are communication and education. Begin the conversation about what depression, anxiety or addiction symptoms look like. If you notice a child, friend, or relative isolating or acting differently, take the time to check in with them. Learn self-care strategies and give yourself permission to use them. Get in the habit of noticing when you might need extra support or care.
There is no “one size fits all” approach to recovery, and therefore, the treatment you receive should be as individualized as you are. It is important to remember you are not alone in your recovery and do have options for getting well. A mental health professional will be able to assist you in finding the best treatment options for you. Individual or group counseling could be extremely beneficial while helping you learn to manage your mental health or addiction.
A phrase I hear all too often is, “I feel so alone right now”. One important connection I have made as a counselor is isolation = disaster. Support is a huge component to successful recovery. Connecting with others can help challenge negative thoughts, such as “I’m a burden” or “no one cares about me”. A great way to foster support is to reach out to others and let them know what’s really going on. More likely than not, they can relate to or understand how you may be feeling. Another way is to research support groups in the area or explore websites like Meet up. This will give you access to people in the community that may become an integral part of your recovery. We all need help at some point in our lives and it’s important to make getting connected a priority!
“be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about”.