Mental Health Recovery: Prioritizing Well-being

Early diagnosis of mental illnesses gives people a chance to avoid many challenges later in life. Mental health disorders are progressive; without treatment, symptoms worsen over time.

Fortunately, evidence-based treatments for behavioral health and mood disorders – such as addiction and depression – are available. Connecting men and women with mental health resources is vital to bringing about recovery.

In the second week of May, we would like to draw your attention to Mental Health Month (MHM). This seventy-year-old observance is sponsored by Mental Health America (MHA). For more than a century, the organization has worked tirelessly to end the stigma of mental illness and encourage people to seek support.

MHA’s efforts are guided by the “Before Stage 4” (#B4Stage4) philosophy. The idea is that mental health conditions should be addressed early before mental illnesses progress to stage four. Advocating for primary care physicians (PCP) to screen for psychological maladies and increasing access to treatment are of critical importance.

Once in recovery, it is essential that individuals do whatever they can to manage their conditions. While there isn’t a panacea for mental illness, long-term recovery is achievable with guidance and continued support.

This May, MHA asks that every American take steps to safeguard their mental health. The theme of Mental Health Month this year is #4Mind4Body. Those who prioritize living a healthy lifestyle do themselves an excellent service regarding overall well-being.

Recovery Beyond Abstinence

Men and women who adopt a program of recovery learn early on that they cannot use mind-altering substances. Drug and alcohol use are symptoms of the use disorder variety of mental illness. Most people in addiction recovery understand why they can no longer use. However, their efforts for sobriety must extend beyond abstinence.

Comprehensive well-being is critical in recovery. People committed to achieving lasting recovery benefit significantly from a balanced diet, exercise, recreation, and social connections. The mind and body are connected; neglecting one side of the coin can wreak havoc on the other. What’s more, recovery depends on maintaining relationships with people who share similar goals.

Isolation is an enemy of mental illness; the connection people share is instrumental in staying on course. Fellowship is one of the reasons why people make progress via mutual-help groups. When women and men, of all ages, work together toward the same goals and feel a sense of accountability that helps them stay on track. Moreover, they do not have to face their challenges alone.

Men and women who engage with their peers outside of meeting houses tend to fare better than those who do not. The meeting-after-the-meeting is just as vital to achieving long-term recovery.

Spirituality is another focus of Mental Health Month 2019. MHA points out engaging in activities that connect one with the spiritual side of life is beneficial to the mind-body connection.

Taking Part in Mental Health Month 2019

Perhaps you would like to have an active role in inspiring others to prioritize mental health? If so, events are happening all month and resources are at your disposal to aid you in spreading the message.

Since many people spend significant chunks of time each day on social media, these various platforms can be useful tools. Individuals are invited to help by encouraging family members and friends to seek help for mental illness. People in recovery have a significant amount of wisdom they can share with others about treatment.

For more information about getting involved with #MHM2019, please click here.

Our Recovery Vision for You

At Pacific Shores Recovery Center, we can help you embrace a life in recovery. We provide several unique and innovative services to meet the needs of each client. Please contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about our programs. We will meet you where you are and guide you to where you want to be!