Category: Help for Allies

Allies in Recovery: The Point Person 

Therapists, Case and Care managers come and go, but your recovery must go on and continue through staff changes with your provider and mental health agency. This article is intended to help readers select a point person within their natural supports networks that will…

Make Your Own Psychiatric Triage: What to do when you are in a non-life threatening crisis to feel more Safe

Undeniably, there are times when we all feel out of control. There is no question that when we are in the midst of a crisis, whether it be interpersonal, existential, financial, etc., we want to feel more in control of our particular situation. This…

Community Mental Health Re-Discovered

I have always believed in having a plan, a next step. Call it a goal or an objective. I believe in a tomorrow that begins with right now. More than half a decade has passed since the completion of my last six-year plan. For…

What is Recovery? Differentiating the Diagnosis from the Person

This article seeks to discuss, define, and set up an ongoing dialogue around what recovery means. As people, we all have our own eccentricities. Some of us are moody; others are more negative and cynical. These are the character traits that make us who…

Allies in Recovery: The “DO’s” and “DONT’s” of Radical Acceptance

This article explores symptoms that complicate interpersonal relationships and interfere with pro-social interactions. There are many diagnoses that have symptoms that further complicate our social lives when socialization is what’s needed the most for moving forward in the recovery process. A full recovery is…

Surviving on the Unit

Have you lost all control in your life or does it feel that way? This article is intended to explore the feelings and thoughts associated with experiencing an in patient hospitalization. It is not intended to override the guidance of your treatment team. As…

Psychotic Break Survival Skill Kit: Moderate Impairment

Psychosis has a pattern and habit of evolving into something more elaborate and complex to unravel and make sense of for the person experiencing the symptom. As your psychosis worsens or levels off as a fixed delusional system as a more manageable impairment you…

Readiness for Psychiatric Hospitalization

If you suffer from chronic mental illness you are no stranger to the hospital. There are many people who have been hospitalized so many times they cannot remember each admission or maybe so traumatized they would rather not remember the experience altogether. There are…

Socialization and Support for those Carrying a Diagnosis: Preparing Friends and Relatives with the Resources to be Allies in Recovery

It’s long since been accepted by research in mental health treatment that keeping socially active while carrying a diagnosis is crucial in the recovery process. People need human connections to feel connected to and with their environment and feel accepted by their peers. For…

My Experience in Recovery, Healing & Psychotherapy Interventions in Mental Health

Max Guttman, LCSW is the owner of Recovery Now, a private mental health practice in Ardsley, New York. Max’s battle with schizophrenia began at Binghamton University in his last semester of college. Max was discharged from Greater Binghamton State Hospital Center in July of…