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.
How I have Learned from My Recovery Journey
I have been on this Journey since the inception of Mental Health Recovery almost two decades ago from becoming an adult. I haven’t always been serious about what I need to do or that focusing on my recovery as often as I should.
I can think of countless therapy sessions where I just made up excuses or small talk of what I was doing but in reality I never listened to what I was being told or that I thought the things that I have now such as employment or even independence and or that there are more dreams to come down the
road should I choose to think it.
Without a doubt it has had its setbacks particularly in the last few years but I have bounced back and been more resilient that I did to start the journey. It can be hard to recognize that I am doing OK despite all the challenges that I have been through even many do not know of them all as I have kept some of them to myself. That is what accessing the multitude of services is for and the Imperativeness of being attentive and working on improving yourself is necessary for having your best life possible.
I am also a prime example of the fact that Recovery is not perfect and doesn’t always go to plan. There are going to be bumps in the road, but the key fact to remember is that you cannot keep taking the wrong path and get back on the right one so you can bounce back, it can be done if you want it to happen for you.
Life will always throw us challenges and unexpected stops on the road of our recovery journey, but as I have done in recent years, you must learn to pick up the pieces and move forward, that includes believing in whatever you believe in because if you don’t you are setting yourself up to be something that you are going to be miserable doing or the life you don’t want to live.
Sometimes, the answer you get isn’t the one that you really want, but as when I got my current home almost two years ago after being in a really bad situation, it is better than having nothing or eventually continuing down a path from disaster when something is meant to save you when
someone is extending themselves out to help you.
You can take whatever is handed to you, but you as the individual must do whatever work that is needed for you to learn and grow and reach the true state that you want to be in your recovery