Union Station News; Volume 1, Issue 6; September 2021

Note: As part of my Day Program, I contribure to the program’s newsletter. In june 2021, that Newsletter transitoned to a monthly basis as much of the elements of the program are back to a in-person status.

What Recovery Means to Me

Me Starting The Day

Mental Health Recovery to me means that I have to be proactive on my outlook on life. What is integral is having Mental Health Services such as Clubhouse, Outpatient and Mobile Psych Rehab that address my needs and keep my life purposeful. With a healthy balance of these services, they play a part of maintaining my mental health recovery and being independent.

The remaining responsibility falls within my grounds to control. It is mind over matter. Being a grown man I have to make choices that are in my best interest. Some should come straightforward such as being compliant with my medications on a consistent basis. Others would be doing things that are
necessary for survival such as maintaining my home and person along with fulfilling my time so that my mind doesn’t wander to a deep and dark place

It isn’t easy for anyone in mental health recovery to maintain independence. But, with some of the tools of the trade I am slowly progressing into a better person each day. Keeping and updating a Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP helps me ensure that I know how I am when I am not in my normal
state of mind and signifies the steps necessary to ensure I get back on track and do what I need to do to ensure that I can be myself again.

I’ve always said that I didn’t become the person I am now. It took a lot of sweat, especially going to work and Clubhouse when all I wanted to do is isolate in my home or miss an therapy session because I didn’t feel like facing what I did wrong. But, that is the childish thing to do and it isn’t the
adult way of handling your faults.

2020 was hard for me with many issues and I did get sort of back on my feet by the end of that year. However, as of now, I am feeling 100% myself again because I am doing everything I need to do to ensure my recovery and that I am doing well.

Every individual recovery journey should be customized to the needs of each and every person because there is no one size fits all approach to all individuals recovery journeys, However with enough steadfast dedication recovery is possible in each and everyone that needs to travel the journey.

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