Recovery is a life-long journey. It has lots of twists and turns, high hills and low valleys. It is non-linear, and sometimes, you might feel you’re going backwards. Recovery is highly personal: what works for me may not work for you and vice versa. It also works the other way around. What works for me, may work for you, so we should always keep trying. Recovery happens, but it doesn’t happen on our timeline. It happens in its own way, as long as we keep at it. It’s a very personal process.
Recovery should be planned around our own strengths, needs, and abilities. It should be focused on the positive. What am I good at? What do I enjoy doing? What do I need to do? All people, regardless of diagnosis, are capable of learning, relearning, and growing. It takes a while, sometimes a long time and several tries, to change old habits.
So, no matter how crappy we may feel about the future, please believe me, that we can recover. It is not a one-day fix, even though after one therapy session we might feel really good. So hang in tough, it’s a journey. Enjoy it. It’s a life-long ride. At first it’s like a roller coaster, but with time and practice, it gets smoother and better.