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When Mental, Physical and Recovery Health Come Together…

When Mental, Physical and Recovery Health Come Together…

When Mental, Physical and Recovery Health Come Together…

I was in Jacksonville last week. And I was reminded at every turn that smart people are working to make our lives better. It was uplifting after all the storms, politics, mass shootings and tenuousness in our world.

 

And with mental, physical and recovery health, the “fix” is often the same…

I ventured back into Lauren’s cross-fit class with her – a warehouse with giant tires, straps and cheerful aphorisms painted on the walls. Never Give Up. If at First You Don’t Succeed, Fix Your Ponytail and Try Again. Don’t Quit. It Seems Impossible Until It’s Done. The instructor, with a headset like Gaga, could have been a therapist. Her message was so uplifting and clear – think about why you came here at 6:15 this morning and get the most you can out of the class.

 

I, for one, came because I wanted to hang with Lauren. My goal was to get out alive. But, I understood her drift. And it sounded like something that would be said in an addiction treatment center. The notion that you should give it everything you’ve got, comes up often at Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers. And “working the program” is a hallmark of the 12-step milieu.

 

Nature and recovery…

And then I coerced my daughter (who was sore and a wee bit weary from getting up at 5:45 to hit the gym at 6:15) to go with me to my favorite place on earth – Guana Reserve Beach. We loaded up Fiona and took a perfect hike on the one day the weather cleared.

 

Have you ever gone for a walk, kayak, rock climb or even sat on a bench in nature and felt worse for it? (Right now I am thinking of a time we went tubing in Georgia wearing bathing suits and a freak sleet storm happened, but I was still drinking then, so it doesn’t count…). When I’m out doing something rigorous in a gorgeous, solitary setting I know my recovery is working…

 

 

The mental health mavens – arts and inspirations…

And then I had the opportunity to support my bestie Kim Vincenty and Natural Life . Their new “Give Back” collection benefits OCD Jacksonville. And their products, with sayings like “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway,” reminded me that mental health is recovery health, no matter the manifestation.

 

I spent some time with Kim and her friend Carmen Joyce from I Still Matter at Artwalk Jacksonville. I was gobsmacked once again about the healing qualities of the creative spirit. Carmen’s non-profit embraces the power of peer support to foster mental and emotional healing through art and creative expression. The result is both restorative and evocative. Art Therapy is something near and dear to my heart as my colleague and friend Jess Kimmel and I work closely together at Sanford House (she is an excellent writer too…).

 

Art therapy from I Still Matter…

Friends in peer support! (E2E we miss and love you!!)

 

Co-Occurring Relief…

All of us in the mental health world know that restoring and cultivating mental health takes courage and resolve. There is a much higher incidence of substance use disorders in those with depression, obsessive compulsive disorders and anxiety disorders of all kinds. It makes sense that we would self-medicate when the misery gets too great.

 

At Sanford House, we say, “Every man and woman deserves to find the place from which they draw strength.” We want to inspire our clients to find their inner grit, rekindle their interests and engage their passions. All recovery is a lifetime journey and our goal is to prepare those we serve for the long haul.

 

It’s all about working hard, digging deep and finding the resourcefulness, strength and compassion that defines your idea of success.

 

A trip like mine to Jacksonville makes me  feel like a success – and proud to be part of the mental health solution.

 

Today I’m not drinking, because I have mental, physical and recovery GOOD health…

 

 

How come you’re not drinking?

E2E – Never, never never give up…

One Comment

  1. Kim
    Oct 15, 2017

    Thank you Mare , you are such an amazing friend . You are also brilliant at what you do !

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