Recovery — whether from a traumatic experience, a substance use disorder, an eating disorder, or the loss of a loved one — takes time. Many of us are rushed through our experience of recovery, usually with unfortunate results. If you are working to release yourself from a cycle of addiction or to heal from a difficult experience, simply setting the intention to recover is an important first step. Humans are more resilient than they give themselves credit for, but you have the ability to feel well again.
If you are in recovery for anything at all, support is vital. For those recovering from eating disorders or substance abuse, consider joining a support group — there are many out there, and it’s important to find one you feel comfortable joining. Similar groups exist for those who are grieving or recovering from abuse. Remember that recovery is possible, but that there is no single path. Recovery takes time and there can be setbacks, but you shouldn’t be discouraged. Seeking the help of a therapist or counselor can also be beneficial in working through these complex issues.