Mental Health Treatment Centers Celebrate Recovery Month’s Pathways to Wellness

September 2, 2013

2013_09_04_FBPM_GuardianDespite appearances, mental health treatment centers don’t just focus on your brain. Recovery is about total wellness, which encompasses mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Achieving overall health isn’t a solo venture, either – recruit as many people as you like to help build a solid support network. It might help everyone involved! This Recovery Month, we want to look at the variety of ways that you can find total wellness.

Mental Health Treatment Centers and Total Wellness

Multiple Pathways

There is no road map to recovery, just as there is no blueprint for total wellness. That’s why we’re focusing on Recovery Month’s ‘pathways to wellness,’ a concept that illustrates the many ways individuals can become healthy. You may find that your personal recovery involves group support and one-on-one counseling, while someone else finds success through family therapy and community events. It’s okay to experiment with your recovery methods, and if something isn’t working, look for something else that does.

Why Include Treatment?

Mental health treatment can be a key part of your recovery. Statistics show that 70 to 90 percent of people with a mental illness see a marked reduction in symptoms after professional treatment programs. When you work with mental health professionals, they should take a comprehensive approach to your treatment program. The focus should be on healing you as a whole person, not just isolating your mental health disorder.

Finding Support Systems

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has identified four major areas that can provide ongoing support as you go through recovery:

  • Health: Besides learning to manage your mental health disorder, you should think about how your choices affect your overall health. It’s amazing how much your physical health can affect your emotional health! Mental health treatment centers can help you learn how to make the right choices for your health.
  • Home: Security and stability is important, especially in terms of your living situation. If you don’t feel comfortable at home, it can be difficult to address other issues relating to your health.
  • Purpose: Give back to society and give to yourself at the same time! This doesn’t mean giving your life over to charity, but it does mean infusing meaning into your day. You might find a new job, return to school, or get creative. It’s about becoming a contributing member of society and growing as a person.
  • Community: You may have heard the quote “No man is an island,” and that should ring true. You don’t have to go through mental health treatment alone, and you don’t have to go through life alone. Work on building a community around you, whether that’s made up of friends, family, peers from a mental health treatment center, or people with a shared interest. Build new, healthy relationships that support your healthy lifestyle.

If you or someone you love is suffering from a mental illness and is facing financial obstacles to services, please call us at 1-800-338-5770. At Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation we provide access to low-cost or no-cost mental health services through a variety of community mental health centers and professionals.  We also offer educational workshops for families and professionals.