Recovery means a wide array of things for different people. Whether you’re in recovery from addiction or a mental health disorder or crisis, the foundation is the same. You must learn new tools and skills to cope with life without relapsing back into addiction or back into a mental health crisis. If all goes well you learn new things that fit your unique situation and lifestyle and help you to stay the path of success.
For most people, recovery is a gradual, steady, and even a life-long process. It may come quicker for some than others but generally, most people work towards moving steadily in the right direction over a long period of time. During recovery, you may find that your mental health status has it’s ups and downs. This is completely normal and if you can indeed feel the rollercoaster ride of emotions, thoughts, feelings, and moods, know that you’re not alone.
Here’s a little secret, even those who’ve never had a problem with substance use or their mental health have ups and downs. They have extreme highs, extreme lows, and everything in between, just like you and me. They need a shoulder to cry on, a chopping block to release anger, and even coping mechanisms to deal with things they think will overwhelm them.
It’s the nature of the human condition, we’re all in it together. So if you’re feeling like you’re the only one, and it’s just you out of control and no one else, my dear friend you are wrong. Life is a rollercoaster, not a one-lane, one-speed flat country road. We have ups, downs, bumps, and sometimes get turned around.
If you’re in recovery and feeling anything you think you can’t handle, don’t hesitate to reach out to our community, somebody will be with you every step of the way.
N.D. “Recovery”. Your Mental Health. (website). 2017