WHEN ONE LIVES WITHOUT HOPE, THE WILLINGNESS TO DO IS PARALYZED.
… IT IS BEING DISABLED, NOT BY ILLNESS OR DISEASE, BUT BY DESPAIR.
Signs of Recovery
I know that I am moving forward in my recovery when…
…I find myself questioning people who say I will not recover
…I become more aware of those things that I am good at.
…I know what I can handle and what I need to share with the professionals.
…I am able to set up safeguards for myself.
…I learn from my peers and get support from them.
…I see trouble coming before it arrives.
…I think I may have a chance.
…I know who and what’s not good for me.
…I realize what sets me off and stresses me out.
…I know how to work the system.
…I know when my behaviour is appropriate and inappropriate.
…I am able to hear “hope” from my peers – “Hang in there, its not forever”
…I know the difference in symptoms and stigma and am developing coping skills for each.
…I believe I can recover.
…I know when to leave a situation because it has given me all it can.
…I realize that my past life has value.
…I know when I need a special kind of help and seek it out.
…I know that sharing with peers helps put things in perspective.
The above is provided in order to see the importance of instilling HOPE in our daily lives and try to view things in positives.
Peer Support Group Leader, Leigh