One of the most critical junctures for individuals who suffer from mental health problems is deciding whether or not they believe that they can better and will get better. For some individuals, the idea of going through many years of treatment in order to get through the process of recovery, is too overwhelming a burden to bear and they may not be able to find their way back. However, reality is that treatment and recovery are processes that do not happen overnight and there must be a desire to go through that process in order to positive changes to occur. Reports and studies show that the majority of people suffering from mental health problems are able to get better and make a completely recovery. But they can’t do this without getting the right help from the right people, and with the right attitude.
What is Recovery and What Does it Mean?
When you go through the process of recovery from a mental health problem, you will be going through a major life change. This can be frightening for some individuals to experience, but the important thing to remember is that recovering from a mental health problem or addiction to substances you will be able to see myriad benefits including:
• A significant improvement in your overall health and wellness
• The ability to direct your own life without anyone, or anything, dictating what you do.
• You will finally be able to reach your full potential without having to worry about your mental health problem getting in the way.
What are the Four Dimensions to Rehabilitation and Recovery?
Few people understand the recovery from a mental health problem is not about balancing brain chemistry with a drug as much as it is about making positive changes in every aspect of life to support overall health and wellbeing. For an individual to make a true recovery from mental health problems, the following areas must be addressed.
• Community: Work with others to build a safety net, support network, and relationships that will help you to make positive changes and stay on track.
• Home: Creating a place to live where you can have a stable life and feel safe at all times. This may mean moving.
• Health: Make decisions about your emotional and physical state and wellbeing that are informed and healthy, and that you learn to deal with setbacks in a healthy manner.
• Purpose: Find ways to make yourself more a part of the community, and do what is necessary to become a participating member of society.
Recovering from mental health problems can seem like a long road that may never end. For some individuals it will be a lifelong battle. But if you’re ready to make a difference in your life you can start with rehabilitation, then creating a recovery plan with your goals can help you get to where you want to go. You can also rely on self-help guides, and other major books about helping yourself.