Recovery from addiction or other mental illness can be a challenging process which is why motivation is needed to provide a boost on the journey. Many sources can serve up motivation including the nurturing love of friends, family and other loved ones. The importance of love to a person’s motivation cannot be understated, especially when the challenges of recovery happen along the way.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines four aspects of a successful recovery. Love is an important factor in all four of the pillars:
Love is healthy and a worthwhile endeavor but is not enough to keep a person totally sober and healthy. It is a vital component to help convince a person to seek necessary treatment. SAMHSA recommends psychiatric care for people with mental health conditions whether it is through admission to a facility or regular visits with a counselor. Support in recovery is very important. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) laid out several recommendations for loved ones with people who struggle with mental health issues or addiction.
Individuals with mental health conditions benefit from empathy and validation of being heard and provided with a positive, supportive environment rather than forcing alternative views on the person. Mental health professionals provide critical resources for people, families and other loved ones to help everyone handle the diagnosis better and provide a more holistic approach to recovery. Love in addiction recovery can mean a lot to someone healing old wounds.
Love as a health aid is one piece in a larger puzzle of helping an individual recover from a mental health condition or addiction. A well-rounded approach which focuses on the whole person can go a long way towards recovery. Hired Power can help you and your loved ones get there with support and resources. Call us for more information.
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