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Commitment to Care and Caregiving

Commitment to Care and Caregiving

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RECOVERY FOR PEOPLE WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS AND THOSE CARRYING A MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSIS CAN BE A LIFETIME ENDEAVOR. GIVEN THE POWER OF SUPPORT, AND MORE PROFOUND EVEN, TO BE AN ALLY WITH A SUFFERING INDIVIDUAL IN THEIR JOURNEY WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS IS A SPECIAL MITZVAH TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.ABANDONMENT CAN BE A SOBERING SURPRISE AND A BLOW TO MORALE FOR PEOPLE RELIANT ON THE HAND OF A HELPER. HERE AT RECOVERY NOW, WE ARE A TEAM, A COALITION OF PEOPLE COMMITTED TO OUR HEALING. ANY INTERRUPTION OF THE HEALING PROCESS WE RECOMMEND TO READERS MUST BE EVALUATED FOR MEDICAL AND PSYCHIATRIC NECESSITY.

WHILE WE BELIEVE IN THE IMPORTANCE OF CHOICE AND FREEDOM IN CHOOSING OUR CARE, THE DECISION TO BECOME AN ALLY IS A LIFELONG COMMITMENT. HERE AT RECOVERY NOW & MENTALHEALTHAFFAIRS.ORG WE HONOR THIS COMMITMENT AND SUPPORT THOSE ADHERENT TO THEIR HEALING.WHEN PEOPLE INTERFERE WITH THE HEALING PROCESS, DESERT THEIR POSTS, OR CONTRIBUTE NEGATIVELY TO ANYONE’S RECOVERY, BE VIGILANT OF THEIR LONG TERM WORTH IN YOUR LIFE AND WHAT THE IMPLICATIONS ARE FOR YOUR HEALTH. WE RECOMMEND TAKING STEPS TO ENSURE ALL PERSONS WITHOUT REGARD FOR THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF THEIR PEERS TO WALK ALONE IN THEIR GRIEF, NEGATIVELY, AND BAD-DECISION MAKING SKILLS FOR MAINTAINING WELLNESS AND PROCURING RECOVERY.

CARE & CAREGIVING EXTENDS TO BOTH SELF CARE AND THE CARE OF OTHERS. OUR CAPACITY TO SELF CARE WILL BE CRUCIAL IN MAINTAINING OUR WAY OF LIFE AND QUALITY OF LIFE. IT MAY ALSO MEAN NURTURING NEW AND EMERGING PERSPECTIVES OR PATHWAYS TO INTERACTING AND LIVING IN THE WORLD. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT AS TIME UNFOLDS WE CHANGE. HOWEVER, WHILE WE MIGHT CHANGE, OUR FUNDAMENTAL DUTY TO CARE FOR OURSELVES AND OTHERS DOES NOT CHANGE. FOR EXAMPLE, THE RUNNER MIGHT NOT RUN AS FAST AS HE OR SHE ONCE DID OR THE SINGER MIGHT NOT HIT THAT EUPHONIOUS TONE OR PITCH AND YET, WE MUST MOVE FORWARD IN OUR HEALTH & HEALING.

AS WE HEAL, WE NEED TO ONLY RE-LEARN OUR CRAFTS BUT ALSO IDENTITY HOW OUR SKILLS AND BEND ON UNDERSTANDING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE WORLD HAS ALSO SHIFTED. THE SKILLS YOU ONCE HAD ARE STILL THERE, HOWEVER, UPON ACCESSING THEM, THERE WILL BE A CAVEAT TO EFFECTIVELY EXECUTING THE TASK AS YOU ONCE DID, AND, QUITE FRANKLY, IN PRACTICE, IT MAY FEEL COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. TO HARKEN BACK TO THE MUSICIAN, YOU MIGHT HEAR THE MUSIC IN A MANNER THAT REQUIRES DIFFERENT KEY STROKES OR MAYBE YOUR HANDS ARE ARTHRITIC AND YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE TECHNOLOGY TO PLAY.

I CAN’T HELP BUT CITE THE GREAT MOHAMMAD ALI, WHOM, AFTER RETURNING TO BOXING AFTER YEARS OF POLITICAL EXILE WASN’T AS FAST ON HIS FEET AS HE ONCE WAS. HE LEARNED TO LEAN ON THE ROPES WITH THE FAMOUS ICON “ROPE-A-DOPE” STRATEGY AND OUTPACE HIS CHALLENGERS WITH THE IMPOSITION OF WILL & HIS UNRIVALED STAMINA. SO, WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE “STRUGGLING” AT SOMETHING THEY WERE ONCE A PROFESSIONAL, GIVE THEM TIME TO HEAL, & RE-DISCOVER THERE ABILITIES GIVEN THERE NEW BIO-SOCIAL- PSYCHOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE.

About the Author

J. Peters

Bold 10 Under 10 award recipient Jacques Peters ’08, MSW ’12 . Through his work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), therapist and disability rights advocate, Mr. Peters fights for those without a voice in various systems of care, such as the New York City Department of Social Services, the New York State Office of Mental Health or the city’s Department of Corrections. Jacques is the author of University on Watch: Crisis in the Academy, which he published under the pen name J. Peters in 2019, and First Diagnosis, published in 2020. Jacques refers to his stance on recovery in his journal articles as “Too big to fail.” No obstacle too big, no feat out of reach, Jacques let nothing stop him in his path to recovery and healing.
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