Overcoming mental illness is a long and arduous process. On this journey, the people that surround you make a significant impact on your recovery. Finding the right support professional is a critical decision. Just as each individual’s journey in recovery is different, each support professional is also different. They each bring their own unique approach and style to the recovery process. It is crucial to identify several factors when it comes to taking the first step with people that could be a large part of the path ahead.  


How Personal Is Too Personal?

Different professionals will approach a client in different ways. Some maintain a strictly professional working relationship with clear professional-client lines drawn. Other professionals may take a more relaxed, conversational approach. For some people, this makes it easier to feel comfortable sharing whatever it is that they need to share. Both methods can be useful, however, depending on the individual and the expectations they have. 


Identify the End Game 

Taking into account the mental illness in question, define what success looks like. Typically, success falls into one of two camps. The first is a solution-based model that looks at a problem and develops a plan to overcome the issue. The second strategy is based on continuous coping strategies that focus less on a single challenge to overcome. Instead, this approach focuses on creating strategies for living alongside a particular affliction. The kind of care needed can depend on the illness, and it is essential to clearly identify the plan of attack and definition of success. From there, you can create a plan of attack which really works.   


The support system that you create is going to make a direct impact on the quality of your recovery. Before anyone can help, you must identify what you are comfortable with, and what the ultimate goal is. While addressing these issues is inherently uncomfortable, managing expectations and relationships can help ease the process of beginning your journey.  


At Alta Loma Transformational Living, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  Alta Loma uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, where you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 866-457-3843.