Making Progress in Your Mental Health Recovery
Responsibility in Recovery
Recovery, whether from substance addiction or mental or physical disorders, is a lot of work. When we end up in crisis over and over again, eventually we hit bottom. We go for help. Or sometimes, we are given a firm invitation to get help. Perhaps a wife will say, "If you drink again, you are out of here." Or a diabetic who consistently eats poorly and physical deterioration and complications develop the doctor may say, "If you don't take care of yourself properly, you are going to die." Or if you have a mental disorder or a personal crisis, you go for help and the therapist says " Here is a tool you can use to manage this symptom or to give yourself a way to cope and give yourself a more quality life."
I recently heard a quote that said, "If you don't make a change, you will end up where you're headed." How profound. What an epiphany I had when I heard that. How freeing. To find wellness and wholeness, we have our part to do. There are choices we make that either make things worse, get us stuck, or make things better. If we want to experience a quality of life, we have to take responsibility to do what we can (and there are many things we can do) to find that wellness. Not that we will be doing it on our own; we have our doctors and support people to do their part.
Are you just spinning your wheels in situations like these? Addiction, toxic relationships, mental and emotional problems, health issues? Let me encourage you to value yourself, respect yourself, and honor your Creator who loves you. Do your part and use the tools God and your many wise counselors have given you. I heard a woman in a 12-step meeting say, "If you feel this is not working for you, we will gladly return your misery." It's a hard choice because we have spent a lifetime operating this way. If we continue in our unhealthy methods of dealing with life, we will crash, and suffer greatly, and hurt a lot of loved ones in the process. God bless those of you who are on the journey to recovery.
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