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The Future is Coming Soon!

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This is blog 10 of a series of 10 blogs on this topic.  We’ve been sharing some thoughts and experiences of peer counselors J, K, M, R and Y, working with Recovery Innovations Arizona (RIAZ) both as participants in the system and as coaches helping others. The WRAP program through RIAZ makes a difference in peoples’ lives. In this last blog, we’ll review some of the peers’ thoughts about the WRAP program.

Y reveals, “You have to be pretty much honest with yourself. You have to understand that ‘OK, this is what is going on with me. This is what I’m experiencing. Let me get some help for whatever it is that I’m going through.’ Some people isolate themselves. They stay home. In this program you interact with other peers who are going through the same thing you’re going through.” Y hopes that every individual who experiences some challenges can participate in a program or support group, so he or she can be on a journey to recovery also.

K agrees that finding support is really important. She hopes people find happiness in whatever they’re doing. “Their recovery is going to be different than my recovery, but we’re all moving forward every day in our own personal journey.”  M would like to see programs in the future be more focused on the wellness aspect than on the illness aspect. “Treatment can be a turning point.”

We have nationalized care for the mentally ill. We have Recovery Innovations International in many different parts of the world, but we don’t have the type of circle of friends that is available as going to 12-Steps meetings. In our community, the most important part of what makes this successful is having that sense of community to which you can belong. Down the road, there’ll be some online activities that can help expand that community and make it workable. We’ll have to see what the future holds in the future.

We are so thankful to the wonderful peers with RIAZ who shared their challenges, stresses, and hopes for the future with us.  The next series of blogs will relate to experiences of several Indian physicians in Psychiatry residency programs relating to similarities and differences between Eastern and Western philosophies. We are so different, but so similar!

Who’s in Control?

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This is blog 7 of a series of 10 blogs on this topic.  We’ve been sharing some thoughts and experiences of peer counselors J, K, M, R and Y, working with Recovery Innovations Arizona (RIAZ) both as participants in the system and as coaches helping others. The WRAP program through RIAZ makes a difference in peoples’ lives.

Many people feel like they are giving up their personal power because they have to take a medication or they have to go to therapy. They no longer feel in control of their emotions.  R describes that when people have some other diagnosis, like hypertension, or diabetes, they are required to make some adjustments in their life. Some of the adjustments might be medications or a change in lifestyle. “We view people with mental health challenges the same way. There’s a change of lifestyle and there may be some medications to help maintain that lifestyle that they want to improve and move forward in their own recovery.

“You’re not losing control. You’re actually gaining more support, support from your family, support from medical personnel, support from your peers. You’re getting the support and it’s going to help you stay well and keep you on the right path, moving forward in your progress in recovery.”  J adds, “I totally believe in my medication because I actually remember when it first worked for me and it gives me a life worth living. I value it very much but I also made many life changes over the years while taking the medication. It’s a part of your recovery, if it’s needed.”

Y agrees. “I’m not angry that I have to take a medication. I’m very happy that there’s a medication that’s making me feel better and be productive in society today and able to work. It’s not just the magic pill. You have to work with it and that’s where WRAP comes in for me. I can detect my early warning signs.”

It’s important to have a good support base system and then review the WRAP, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, with the supporter. If the supporter sees early warning signs or triggers, he or she will know what to do.  One of the issues about our culture and our society is that we have to be rugged individualists. Studies have shown that people using support groups have much better achievement, personal and career success and wellness in life. More on this next time!