Knowing the Path Before Us Before We Embark On It

In our day and age, most people expect and want an instant solution. If we find something wrong with our computer, we will just do a quick Google search and the answer will be right there. If we need to know a piece of information, we have our smartphones in our pockets that can give us the answer. And when we are sick, we can go to the doctor and they will set us right on the course to healing. We strive for the easiest solution and look for the shortest path possible. Nobody likes to deal with something for a long time, and when we have the option to decrease the amount of time to deal with an issue, we will almost certainly take it every time. It’s an understandable way to look at it, and no blame can be put on somebody for wanting to minimize suffering as much as possible. But, unfortunately, mental illness isn’t something that can just go away quickly. It takes time and a lot of work on your part to overcome and reach the point of recovery. 

With a physical injury, like a cut, you can put a band-aid on it and let it heal naturally. You break a bone and your doctor will put a cast on it, and it’s up to you to just wait and let your bones heal on their own. You can be hands off in the healing process, except for ensuring you don’t damage that part of your body any further. You have to be mindful of your injury but you can also not pay too much attention to it. But with a mental illness, you can’t just ignore it. A mental illness will seep into all facets of your life; it can alter and affect everything about you because it messes with your feeling of existence at any given moment. When a person is suffering from anxiety, they can’t just stop feeling anxious. Their body tenses, their stomach begins to churn over and over, and they can’t ever get rid of the terrifying thoughts that cloud their minds.  You can try to take your mind off of it but your body will physically keep you confined in anxiety’s grip and not let go. It requires a much more hands on approach to recover from it; you can’t throw a band aid on it and let it heal. You have to put in the effort.

Recovery processes and treatments are designed to give you as much help as possible when dealing with your illness, but they can’t completely take the place of what you need to do for yourself. Whether it’s inpatient or outpatient care, there’s going to be a lot of responsibility on you to make the effort to better yourself and keep yourself accountable in all phases of recovery. You will have your doctors and therapists to talk to and they will give you advice and suggestions on how to better cope with your struggles, but they can’t give you the easy answer. 

The fact of the matter is that there is no easy answer when it comes to mental illness. You just can’t sit there, complacently, and let it go away because it won’t. Mental illnesses require a ton of attention and need a lot of focus in order to improve. It won’t be easy, we can’t lie to you about that. It will be hard at times, and you may find yourself wondering what the point is. You may feel that it’s just not worth it and all the effort you’re putting in isn’t working. We are here to tell you that that’s not true. At all. What you do is worth it and your hard work will pay off. We wish we could give you that easy path to being better but it’s just not possible right now. There have been so many breakthroughs and strides made in modern medicine to help with recovery, but it still falls down to you to really work at it. But the end result is well worth the struggle. Always keep your eyes on the horizon, never let your own head tell you that you can’t make it. 

We have processes and strategies that can help keep you up on your journey to recovery, and we can give you medication that will help balance out certain chemicals in your body. But we can’t take your mental illness out. These illnesses become ingrained in who you are, changing and affecting you every single day. Getting better isn’t easy, whether it’s from your need to reflect and work on yourself or leaving your family to enter an inpatient facility. But if there’s one thing we know it’s that people are stronger than they think and can accomplish anything they set out to, and you are no different. 

If you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at TrueRecovery.com. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 and [email protected]