What Is the Recovery Process?
The recovery process is an ongoing personal process of working to achieve your goals even though you have an illness.
The recovery process can include treatment like counseling and rehabilitation therapy. These programs—combined with taking medication as your doctor prescribed, and living and eating healthy—may help delay time to relapse. By following your treatment plan and taking your medicine as prescribed, you can work toward the recovery process.
Mental health recovery is an ongoing process, not a single outcome. Each person’s recovery experience is unique. By making a personalized plan for managing a mental health condition, you have the best chance of living a life which is meaningful to you.
Remember that the recovery process takes time and it's okay to go one step at a time. If you notice any changes in how you are feeling or any change in symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Learning to recognize the early warning signs of relapse is key.
Need extra support?
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed in the recovery process. Joining a support group with other people living with schizophrenia may help.
To find a group near you, contact:
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Mental Health America