Millions of people around the world struggle with mental health disorders. Most of them will live undiagnosed and untreated for their problems while some will live with manageability of their symptoms most will not. Mental illness is a top contributor to suicide every single day. Substance use disorders like alcoholism and drug addiction are highly co occurring with mental health disorders. People live their entire lives struggling to find peace, balance and happiness within themselves.
Shame and Guilt
Out of shame, guilt fear, or the stigma of living with mental illness, people will avoid treatment. For the courageous few who seek it, life can be transformed. It takes courage to change what can be changed. Many days it likely felt as though there was nothing you could do to make the anxiety stop, the depression go away, or cut the cravings for more drugs and alcohol. At the moment you choose treatment, you choose change. You choose courage.
When the days start piling up and living with recovery becomes normal, it can be challenging to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. Chaos can seem normal when it is part of daily life. Living life on life’s terms can feel mundane and triggering simply because your brain is so used to the regular life you used to live. Here are some reminders for you made the decision to walk this path in life:
- To become healthy
- To become happy
- Your friends
- Your family
- Your sanity
- To learn how to live
- To find peace
- To heal
- To help others
- To change your life
- To find a purpose
- To quit drugs and alcohol
- To stop putting yourself and others in danger
- To find resolution with yourself
- To work toward a new future
- To ensure you have a future
- To make the future better for your family
Commitment to Change
Simply stated, recovery is nothing more than a commitment to change. On a bigger level, that commitment is profound, with a ripple effect beyond your perception. Those in recovery agree that you cannot do it for anyone else but yourself. Know that even when you do it for you, you do it for everyone. Getting sober, seeking treatment, and asking for help doesn’t just change your world, it changes the whole world.
For a confidential assessment and information on our programs of healing call Avalon By the sea today: 1 888-958-7511