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Hope & Recovery

Hope & Recovery

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We all need it to survive in this world: hope. Most of us are still figuring out how to access hope to discover its worth in keeping to health and wellness. Hope comes in all forms. Hope circulates through our subconscious at night and erupts in strange, mysterious ways during our waking hours. 

For those carrying a mental health diagnosis, hope is even more challenging to discover or re-discover. Nevertheless, people in recovery require hope to continue being successful in managing symptoms and learning skills to be successful in their living environment. If all else fails in life, people must continue to access their innermost dreams regardless of their affliction.

There is no question that the state mental health system has it right. 

The Office of Mental Health motto: Hope & Recovery

They are inter-linked. Hope and recovery belong together because, without the other, no person could even begin to contemplate battling their affliction with the level of resolve that heals and strengthens the soul. While the state health system declares hope and recovery to be their philosophy of care, so much more needs to be done to promote this thinking at every level of care and service targeting mental health and wellness. 

We need practitioners to do more than treat the problem. We need practitioners to cheerlead their clients to be excited and motivated in their recovery. Hope is not something that should be tucked away for a rainy day. People must be nurtured and hope cultivated throughout the recovery process. 

Remind people carrying a diagnosis every day that adherence to treatment & walking the recovery path will yield results. Practitioners, peers, therapists, and all people with a vested interest in recovery must believe in its healing worth to people needing something positive to hold on to in their darkest hour.

Please make no mistake about it. Sitting down with your clients and just talking about the future can be just what a person needs to keep hope in their heart as they deal with the crisis of the moment. There are many creative ways to help people in recovery stay future-oriented. There are also many ways to eclipse the dreams of those hoping for better days ahead.

Even more problematic for those battling complex symptoms to keep to hope when their issues disrupt the recovery process. 

As always, the challenge is ahead and staying oriented towards the greatness of tomorrow and its possibilities. The critical piece in balancing hope with recovery is remembering the why what for, and how. Hope will go a long way during even the most helpless and hopeless moments of your recovery. 

The very act of putting your theory of hope and dreams of recovery into practice is the best possible step anyone can take to health & wellness.

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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