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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month. This year's theme is "join the voices for recovery together on pathways to wellness.

Recovery month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover

Recovery has been viewed a process of (re)gaining physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional balance when one encounters illness, crisis, or trauma. As a process, the person living with a mental illness learns to accept the illness and its associated challenges while adjusting attitudes, beliefs, and sometimes both life roles and goals. For some people recovery is the ability to work, to live in housing of one’s own choice, to have friends and intimate relationships, and to become a contributing member of one’s community. Recovery is a process of healing and restoring health and wellness during episodes of illness and life stressor's. Recovery is not equated with cure but rather viewed as an on-going process in which a person may be vulnerable to relapse and exacerbation's of symptoms

A good path to recovery are the eight steps found below on the wellness wheel.  Look at all of them, see where you are on each and work on bringing each of these into your life on your road to recovery.

Additional Resources:

W.R.A.P.  Wellness Recovery Action Plan

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance

Mood Disorder Support Group

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