Drug addicts stop doing drugs for their recovery. Alcoholics stop drinking for their recovery. Sex addicts stop having sex which creates unhealthy patterns of behavior for their recovery. Shopping addicts learn to manage their budget and shop in a way that is healthy. Eating disorder recovery doesn’t involve not eating but learning how to regulate and relate to eating in healthy ways. When mental illness has a specific attachment, like drugs, alcohol, and processes, the recovery is easy to understand. We use the term “recovery” for other mental health issues like mood disorders and personality disorders as well. However, one cannot just abandon their mood or their personality like they can a drug or a drink. Similar to the way that a process addiction recovery includes changing the process and eating disorder recovery includes regulating eating, recovering from a mood or personality disorder includes change and regulation.
People often wonder if they’re ever going to be “recovered” or if their recovery will be an ongoing experience. To date, there are no cures for addiction or any other mental health condition. There are therapies, treatments, lifestyle changes, and practices which can help eliminate the stressors mental health conditions create. In turn, there is recovery.
As a word, recovery means “a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength”. Recovery is also defined as “the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost”. We aren’t yet aware of whether or not there is ever a return to a normal state of health with mental illness. People can and often do enter a remission when they start taking medications, going to therapy, and practicing healthy coping skills like meditation. Studies have found that people with depression significantly lower their scores of depression when they spend 6-8 weeks meditating.
Everyone experiences their mental health disorder differently. What works for one person might not work for another person. There are evidence based treatments which have been scientifically proven to work for most people, however, like cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness based stress reduction.
Recovery for all mental health conditions should include changes in diet and exercise as well as spiritual practices. Therapy can help strengthen other new life skills while investigating issues of the past which might have contributed to the behaviors and coping techniques contributing to mental illness.
There is treatment for mental health conditions as well. If you are struggling with your mental health and cannot manage your mood or symptoms of your personality, you are not alone. Cottonwood Tucson is an internationally recognized treatment center, offering an integrative approach to mental health treatment. Our residential treatment programs help clients change their lives mind, body, and spirit. Call us today for information: (800) 877-4520