Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives. Recovery is a holistic process that includes traditional elements of physical health, and aspects of recovery extend beyond medication. Recovery from serious mental illness also includes the idea of attaining and maintaining physical health as another cornerstone of wellness. People in recovery make important contributions to their communities. Hope for recovery should be reflected in all treatments, services, and supports.
The recovery journey is unique for each individual. There are several definitions of recovery; some grounded in medical and clinical values, some grounded in context of community and successful living. One of the most important principles of recovery is this: recovery is a process, not an event. The uniqueness and individual nature of recovery must be honored.
For NAMI, recovery is a foundational principle. While serious mental illness impacts individuals in many challenging ways, the concept that all individuals can move towards wellness is paramount. A strengths-based approach is a cornerstone for NAMI initiatives, activities, and efforts. Many, many NAMI members living with mental illness have benefited from the various opportunities within the organization. NAMI has become a vehicle for recovery, and a pathway towards wellness.
Other evidence-based and best practices that can aid in recovery and resiliency:
Psychotherapy – Also known as “talk therapy,” is when a person speaks with a trained therapist in a safe and confidential environment to explore and understand feelings and behaviors and gain coping skills. – See more at: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Treatment/Psychotherapy#sthash.vJCbqDze.dpuf
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on exploring relationships among a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. During CBT a therapist will actively work with a person to uncover unhealthy patterns of thought and how they may be causing self-destructive behaviors and beliefs. – See more at: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Treatment/Psychotherapy#sthash.vJCbqDze.dpuf
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) was originally developed to treat individuals with chronic suicidality with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Over time, DBT has been adapted to treat people with multiple different mental illnesses, but most people who are treated with DBT have BPD as a primary diagnosis. – See more at: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Treatment/Psychotherapy#sthash.vJCbqDze.dpuf
Cognitive Enhancement Therapy –
Mindfulness Practice – Techniques to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Breath focus, meditation, yoga, body scan are just a few of the exercises. There are many websites that offer a multitude of easy, fun things to bring your awareness back to the present.