How the Search for a Cure Can Be the Wrong Way to Think

Many misconceptions are prevalent throughout the world of mental illness. As such, there is some confusion about what certain things are and what they could mean. One such topic is the distinction between a cure and a treatment. For many people, they mean the same thing; they think that because something has been treated, that it is then cured. However, the fact is that these two terms are not synonymous, and it is essential to know this when going through recovery treatment. That’s right, treatment – not cure. Differentiating the two things can be enormous in understanding your situation and the work you need to do. Thinking that your mental illness is cured by going through treatment can be detrimental. You must know that treatment is an ongoing process, not a one-shot cure. 

Curing a Disease Permanently

When something is cured, that means that it has been completely removed from a person. This means that there are no more symptoms and no issues that will spring back up. Once it is cured, it won’t bother you again. A cure is a definitive end to a problem. When available, they are fantastic. Unfortunately, there is no cure for most mental illnesses. You won’t be able to find a permanent solution for your anxiety or your depression. You won’t find a magical chemical that will rid your body of everything plaguing you. What you will find is a vast array of treatments, which are processes and actions that are implemented for a person’s condition to improve. A treatment is an ongoing process and is meant to help things improve, not get rid of issues completely. This is what you will find in the world of mental health recovery. The unfortunate truth is that there are no cures for mental illness; we have to continually work on ourselves to cope with what may come up. Beyond treatment, you won’t be entirely beyond the reach of mental illness. Mental illnesses will continue to affect you in various ways. Anxiety will keep causing you to panic, depression will continue to bring you down, and substance abuse may continue to tempt you. Treatment is designed to tackle that, but it won’t eliminate the issues completely. 

Avoid Unreasonable Expectations

 If you go into a recovery process expecting everything to be fixed, you may be disappointed and disheartened when you leave the program. Some of us reach a point where our issues are minimal, and it can feel like we aren’t bothered by mental health. However, even then, we still encounter struggles every now and then. When we leave recovery, we will have to keep facing our fears and dealing with our mental health. We are not going to be able to leave it behind. Our mental health issues are going to be something we have to carry for the rest of our lives. And that’s not a bad thing at all; it is not a reflection of you or who you are. You can embrace it and make yourself stronger. There is nothing wrong with accepting your mental health issues, and expecting your problems to be cured isn’t the way to approach recovery. Let go of your desire to escape psychological illness completely, and you will be able to succeed in life despite mental illness. You don’t need to cure your mental disease to have beaten it. Focus on understanding it and taking the steps you need to cope with it. Not letting your mental illness rule over you and define what you do is beating it. Embracing it is beating it. 

Take Your Recovery One Day at a Time

There are so many things in the world of recovery that we have to figure out. The complicated puzzle of addiction recovery can blend together and leave you confused. That is why we are here to help you figure it all out and figure out the best course of action. We want you to know the difference between a cure and treatment. Above all, you should understand that it is okay not to have a permanent remedy for your challenges. It’s not a bad thing to have to work on yourself for the rest of your life. Recovery can highlight how strong you are. It is a part of life, and it doesn’t mean your life is over. Accept the change and make sure you improve yourself on a daily basis. The happiness and strength that comes from ongoing treatment are better than any cure out there. 

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]