Recovery In Action | Winter 2019
Work in Progress
In the fall of 2012 after 15 years of marriage and 18 years together, my husband and I decided to divorce. This was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. We have two wonderful sons together. The night we told the boys they cried. I felt like a failure, but I knew I couldn’t live with this man any longer.
During the last 5 years he had become mentally and emotionally abusive. I couldn’t do anything right. It was never enough. The house was never clean enough. We never had enough money in the bank.
by Paul Teerlinck
Parched and haggard, he
Trudged to the river and gulped
The current of life.
I surrender now
Releasing the shackles of
I have no demands
On the wind, nor do I have
A command for you.
It is safe to be who I am.
I have the strength to digest whatever comes my way.
I relax and let life flow through me with ease.
I am deeply centered and peaceful in life.
I am the joy of life expressing and receiving.
It is safe to be alive and joyous.
Affirmations shared from Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life.
By Noleta Golden
Schizophrenia For Dummies
By Jerome Levine, M.D. and Irene S. Levine, Ph.D.
Schizophrenia For Dummies was written by two professionals for those who care for people with schizophrenia. Even though I am not a caretaker, in fact I have schizophrenia, I found it very helpful. It was interesting to learn more about schizophrenia.
The first part of the book was about understanding schizophrenia and getting a proper diagnosis. This was fascinating to me because I was misdiagnosed for many years before finally getting the correct diagnosis.
My actual correct diagnosis is schizoaffective disorder. The book says this is not a form of schizophrenia, which I disagree with because my doctor told me it is. Schizoaffective disorder is basically schizophrenia mixed with a mood disorder. But before I was given the diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, I was diagnosed as having depression, bipolar disorder, and several personality disorders. I was very thankful to finally get the correct label for my illness!
The next part of the book was about getting help and treatment for schizophrenia. Medical approaches, counseling, group therapy and research were all discussed. Then the authors discussed how to cope with schizophrenia in the family – supporting the loved one through the illness, finding housing, dealing with crisis situations and meeting the persons needs.
The book offers hope, helping caretakers understand that schizophrenia is no one’s fault and that people can and do recover from schizophrenia. I recommend this book to those who care for those with the illness as well as to those with the illness if they want to learn more about what’s going on with them. It is a clearly written and helpful book that provides much more information than I can summarize here.
- Get Hooked Into Local Support with National Alliance on Mental Illness – Western Slope or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Colorado Health Partnership has a very informative website. The website is primarily for Medicaid members, but non Medicaid individuals can access a vast amount of information including over thousands of articles on health and mental health issues.
- The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance website is a great place to start. You can spend days browsing its wellness guides, support resources like Facing Us Clubhouse, a wellness toolbox, mood management tools, and even online support groups. Yes, you can talk to other peers via their website.
- SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) is a technical assistance center dedicated to building awareness of trauma-informed care and promoting the implementation of trauma-informed practices in programs and services.
- Recovery website with lots of information www.recoveryhope4all.com.
- Voices4Hope is a place for teenagers and young adults with mental health conditions to find resources and stigma busting information.
- A web site for those who hear voices www.hearingvoicesusa.org
- Colorado Health Partnerships/Achieve solutions. Whether you need help finding services, a life event or want to assess your concerns, you will find this website very helpful.