Most people with mental health problems can get better. Treatment and recovery are ongoing processes that happen over time. The first step is getting help.
What Is Recovery?
Recovery from mental disorders and/or substance abuse disorders is a process of change through which individuals:
Improve their health and wellness
Live a self-directed life
Strive to achieve their full potential
Four Dimensions of Recovery
Four major dimensions support a life in recovery:
Health: Make informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.
Home: Have a stable and safe place to live.
Purpose: Engage in meaningful daily activities, such as a job or school, volunteering, caring for your family, or being creative. Work for independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
Community: Build relationships and social networks that provide support.
Develop a Recovery Plan
If you are struggling with a mental health problem, you may want to develop a written recovery plan. Recovery plans:
Enable you to identify goals for achieving wellness
Specify what you can do to reach those goals
Include daily activities as well as longer-term goals
Track any changes in your mental health problem
Identify triggers or other stressful events that can make you feel worse, and help you learn how to manage them
Establishing A Support Network
Whenever possible, seek support from friends and family members. If you feel you cannot discuss your situation with friends or other family members, find a self-help or support group. These groups provide an opportunity for you to talk to other people who are experiencing the same type of problems. They can listen and offer valuable advice.
Therapy can be beneficial for both the individual with mental illness and other family members. A mental health professional at Wellmore can suggest ways to cope and better understand your loved one’s illness. We offer an array of outpatient and intensive in-home programs for children, teens, and adults to treat ADHD, depression, anxiety as well as other behavioral health issues.