What Defines Our Journey to a Better Way of Living
We hear the same term thrown around a lot: recovery. You enter recovery, your go to a recovery program, you are working toward recovery. Addicted people cannot live their lives without going through recovery. Likewise, we cannot be our authentic selves without going through recovery first. You hear about how all the work you put into these programs is all about recovery. Recovery is the ultimate goal that we are working towards here; recovery from our illness, recovery from our environments, and recovery from the world around us. Recovery, recovery, recovery. But what exactly IS recovery?
Recovery is a broad concept, and it differs from person to person. The end of this process is not a set measurement for everyone. We have to define that ourselves during our personal journey. While our recovery is unique to ourselves, there are some criteria you can use to gauge it.
Starting Your Recovery Journey
Recovery truly starts when you make the decision to address your problems. Receiving a diagnosis isn’t necessarily a beginning of recovery, as a person can get a diagnosis and still ignore their issue. When you make the decision to address and fix your problems, that is when your path to recovery starts. It is when you have made the conscious decision to improve yourself and not let your illness impact you anymore. So that is when your journey begins, but where it ends depends on a few different things.
Changing your environment is an important first step. Finding a better place to live is paramount to being a better person, and to feeling better. It also depends on the people in your life. Have you rid yourself of the toxic relationships that have been bringing you down? Have you improved the healthy relationships which support your treatment? Surrounding yourself with a reliable support system is a massive part of recovery.
The Serenity of Recovery
Most importantly, you have to find peace within yourself. If you can find a place where you can live your life without feeling controlled by your illness, you’re off to a good start. If you can wake up every morning and feel like you are in control of your actions and behaviors, then you have found recovery. At this point, your life is yours to live, and you are no longer feeling constrained by your condition.
That place in life will be different for everyone. Your recovery place is not the same as the neighbor next door. You are going to find specific things that make you happy that don’t necessarily work for other people. The journey to get there will be different, as will the point at which you start. You will have to look at yourself and understand what makes you tick. You have to find out the things that make you unique and make you who you are. That is what recovery truly is: finding yourself, figuring yourself out, and learning how to live a better life. It is not a set process that is universal for us all; it is up to you.
Recovery is the most critical part of coping with our mental illness. It is how we address the issue and make our lives better. When you decide that it is time to make a change, then you have begun recovery. When you have entered your first therapy session, you have started to recover. When you have found a place and mindset that lets you live a life of joy and peace, you have recovered. Don’t worry if your story doesn’t line up with anyone else’s. Let your own story write itself.
You Can Do It
Don’t let your illness dictate your life. Take the first step and make that decision to change. Search yourself, create a plan for change, and let it all lead you to a better place. Recovery is not an easy thing, nor is it a well-defined universal process. It can fluctuate, change, and develop as it pleases. That isn’t a bad thing; we just have to be ready to take it as it comes, and know that we are strong enough to do so.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. 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 or [email protected]