KEY TO RECOVERY CONCEPT TWO: EDUCATION
Anyone who has pursued healing and recovery knows that it is more of a learning process than it is anything else. It can be a challenging road deciding to choose recovery. Key to this kind of decision, at least for the Copeland Center, is the factor of Education.
As we briefly discussed a couple weeks ago, being proactive about seeking meaningful and relevant information about your mental health and wellness is deeply purposeful in your journey to healing.
Often when we are passionate or motivated in any area of life, we do the research and the ground-work to understand how it functions. The same should be replicated in our recovery work. There is a history to our mental health, there are resources attributable to that history, there are triggers and there are mechanisms of survival that support us in these journeys.
The external learning, as with any pursuit, is deeply important to the success of its implementation. You don't need to invent the wheel when approaching your healing. Though we are all unique, and deeply ourselves, we have commonalities that work in our recovery. We can learn from each other, and from these foundings.
The internal learning, a lifelong education, is also equally important to the process of recovery. Often this education can come without the intention; but it is unavoidable. Learning about yourself, who you are, have been, and who you want to be, are major players in this journey. This kind of intentional internal learning sheds light on what your triggers are, and encourages and prioritizes a sense of self. The idea here is understanding what exactly you need, so that you can begin to establish your needs for recovery.