The path to recovery.

What does the path to recovery look like?  I like to conceptualize it as a process, not a destination.  During the course of treatment, it is anticipated that there may be times when progress is stalled, or even reversed as set-backs are faced and hurdles are numerous.  Ideally, we’d like to think of treatment as a steady progression toward the goal.  Yet that is not realistic.  Going a few steps backwards may be difficult and frustrating, yet it also can provide valuable learning and growth opportunities as long as you are still facing forward.  By facing forward, I mean that you are focused on getting better, improving your life, and achieving a better place for yourself.  It’s when you turn your back on trying to get to that better place that significant problems can arise.

There’s a quote by Vincent van Gogh that seems to speak to this lesson:

Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.