Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month: Tips to recover and celebrate recovery

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month: Tips to recover and celebrate recovery

“The best thing you could do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.”

– Mama Indigo, Author

Mental disorders, unlike common physical disorders, are often difficult to identify, especially when the condition is still not so serious. Though the symptoms might be visible, people usually see it as a behavioral issue, rather than a disease. To avoid such a situation, the sufferer and his/her family members try to hide the problem, eventually leading to a much serious problem at a later stage.

There is an urgent need to increase awareness about and reduce the stigma surrounding behavioral health conditions. In line with this, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors the National Recovery Month in America every September. This year President Trump proclaimed it as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month The observance of the month is aimed at promoting the idea that good mental health is essential for overall well-being and also to make people aware of the facts like prevention works, treatments are effective, and patients do recover from mental ailments and substance use disorders (SUDs).

In view of severity of the problem listed below are some tips that can help one recover from mental disorders:

  1. Gather knowledge: Read about mental illnesses, find out their causes and symptoms, research the treatment modalities available and their success rates. Also find out which treatment centers offer the most effective programs. One can visit support groups or government websites to read about positive recovery stories of other people as well.
  2. Rebuild: Old habits die hard, but they do die. As people grow old, they form new habits as well. It is good to review one’s habits and start working on changing the bad ones related to behavior and thought. Believing that one can overcome the mental disorders will infuse new energy in his/her treatment efforts. Keeping track of one’s progress and revisiting it often can prove to be motivating.
  3. Control: When an individual suffers from a mental illness, his/her thoughts are governed by that ailment, which might overwhelm the patient and inflict pain. But remembering that one can control his/her thinking can be helpful. If one stops believing the negative thoughts, they lose the power to control the person.
  4. Shun the stigma: Mental disorder is like any illness that an individual has and requires professional intervention just like a physical illness. In fact, accepting a mental disorder and seeking treatment for it requires a lot of courage.
  5. Talk: Discussing mental health condition with friends and families can help in finding the required support. For this, one can get in touch with a good treatment center, a therapist or a local support group. Talking to people who have overcome their mental illnesses helps not only in boosting one’s own efforts, but also reinforcing the fact that he/she is not alone.
  6. Focus: Though an individual does not have control over the things that occur in his/her life, the person can control how he/she reacts to them. Therefore, it is important to learn to let go and concentrate on things that one can control. Doing the reverse will only make an individual feel vulnerable, wrathful, helpless and dissatisfied, thus adversely affecting his/her mental health.
  7. Help: Defeating a mental disorder can be overwhelming, not only for the individual, but also for his/her loved ones. But once done, the person and those associated with him/her can become advocates or key contact points to help spread awareness about the mental illness and help others with their struggles.

Dealing with mental disorders

The above tips can help smoothen one’s path, lasting recovery requires professional assistance. When people with mental disorders seek treatment, they do it not only for themselves, but also for their loved ones.

If you or a loved one is battling a mental disorder, call the 24/7 Mental Health Helpline at 855-653-8178. Our mental health counselors can guide you to the best 24/7 mental health treatment center near you. You can even chat online with our representatives for more information on the 24/7 mental health treatment programs available across the country.