Recovery and hope occur simultaneously. While it may seem overwhelming at times to recover from mental illness and substance use, it is possible. The steps taken to continue recovery are filled with stresses and pressures; however, coping with struggles in a positive and effective manner can empower you toward living a healthy and fulfilling life. Here, we share 5 tips on interweaving hope with health for sustainable recovery.
- Educate Yourself. Knowledge is the greatest tool for any form of treatment. When you are cognizant of your health condition and its symptoms, self-awareness can be a validating form of clarity and direction. Resources are available, and so is support. More than anything, you can be assured that you are not alone in this journey.
- Gratitude is Attitude. “Twenty-five years ago today, I found recovery and a life of promise,” states actor Rob Lowe, who struggled with mental health and addiction before seeking treatment. Hope is integral to recovery, and each individual’s road to healing and health is unique. There is much to look forward to in life, and each hurdle can serve as a blessing in disguise and ensure a more fulfilling future.
- Don’t Be Ashamed. Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.7 million, or 18.6 percent—experiences mental illness in a given year. As we have begun to recognize how many individuals experience difficulty with both a mental illness as well as struggle with substance use, our concern with merely accessing treatment has been eclipsed by the need for locating comprehensive and integrated treatment that addresses the needs of those dually diagnosed.
- Stay Committed. Every journey of recovery has its ups and downs. Relapse can be viewed as a roadblock, but often, it is a series of lessons that can be learned. While reaching the light at the end of the tunnel may seem impossible at times, realize that dedication and effort is necessary for sustainable recovery. Although we may feel that our endurance is being tested, we need reminders that the effort is well worth it in the long term.
- Don’t go it alone. Having a community of support is one of the most important elements of recovery that is enduring. People in your life who are committed to supporting you can help you identify early warning signs, encourage you to keep moving forward, and celebrate your successes, both large and small.
By making these practices a regular part of life, you will keep your hope burning bright!
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