In all honesty, recovery may tend to work from the outside in. One appears put together, acting relatively “normal”, not very out of sorts. But at the same time, their brain may be all but screaming for a hit, a fix, even rationalizing occasional use, called “chipping”. The mind can think of millions of ways to rationalize use. It’s a holiday, an anniversary, a birthday, graduation from a substance abuse program (in all its irony).

Recovery from mental illness is hard work. It’s a lot of hard work. One has to let their pride go in confiding in their therapist, be honest to their psychiatrist, make efforts to be social, and take their medication as it’s prescribed. It can be disheartening. For many, it involves a great shift in our daily habits, in our drive to strive for health.

We may not be able to do things that other people do, simply because of our symptoms – even going to a movie can be exceedingly painful in close quarters with strangers. It seems, and is, very unfair. Not the least of this dynamic is due to nonacceptance by the mainstream of society.

It is a stigma, as is being black, gay, obese, and more. They each have their own tone, but all are disregarded as less than human.

  • The black person still inherits some of the effects of hundreds of years of being treated like animals.
  • Being gay is associated with being a defunct, worthless human, especially in Orthodox Christian communities, because they less likely procreate.
  • The obese, said with a look, it a gluttonous pig. It’s difficult to say whether or not we’d be better off if our condition was noted by sight. Perhaps we wouldn’t be treated with such derision, but might be blamed for something that comes from symptoms, not laziness or other negative states.

It’s easy to reach for a bottle or a pipe, evermore so that we might, if for a small period of time, not feel as a sinner in this judgmental society. But there is another, more fruitful path.

Time may heal wounds, but only does so if the correct bandaging and cream is applied to it, and changed. Just the same, a serious mental illness is analogous to having a wounded mind. It needs to be taken care of extra specially.

Here is an interesting wheel of what constitutes recovery:

Sobriety doesn’t need to be so hard. It simply is not doing something, waiting it out.

Slowly, the gap, abyss, void, or otherwise lack of vigor in life without drugs, will in many respects fill itself with healthy habits. This can be compounded by asking one’s doctor and therapist for advice on how to hasten their recovery. When one gets in the habit of caring for their mind, sobriety will finally show how much better it is than short times of euphoria followed by worsening of symptoms, and a worsening of condition overall.

If one is addicted to drugs, that means their brain is telling itself that their substance is needed to survive. The substance hijacks the brain in this manner. I add this paragraph here to communicate, though it may seem anything but the case, that addicts have lost control, and if they steal from family and friends, have done so while brainwashed.

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That said, there are some mild substances that, more so than not, doctors are likely to state are okay to consume, within their given guidelines.

Sometimes, questions are obvious. For example, if one takes a stimulant for ADHD, they might want to ask their provider how much caffeine they can consume. Drinking five cups per day may be too much in this instance.

Sources:, Dr. John Bezirganian, Dr. Howard Feinstein