Using a Recovery-Based Approach

Using a Recovery-Based Approach

If you are looking for mental health treatment, several types of programs are available. One of the more popular options today is the recovery-based approach to treatment, a relatively modern tactic that emphasizes a whole-body, holistic approach to care. 

Water Gap Wellness Center offers several forms of outpatient mental health services in NJ.

What is a Recovery Based Approach to Treatment

The recovery-based approach to treatment, sometimes called the recovery model, is grounded in the idea that every person is unique and needs tailored recovery programs. The recovery model uses two holistic premises:

  1. Mental health recovery is possible
  2. The most effective recovery puts the individual at the center of treatment

Principles of the Recovery Model

The principles of the recovery model include ten elements:

  • Recovery comes from hope
  • Recovery needs to be person-driven
  • Recovery uses several pathways to be successful
  • Recovery incorporates holistic care
  • Recovery requires support from peers and family
  • Recovery benefits from support through social networks
  • Recovery needs to take into consideration cultural needs
  • Recovery should address any underlying trauma
  • Recovery involves the individual, their family, and their community
  • Recovery is founded on respect

There has been a push since 2003 for this recovery-based model to be integrated into mental health programs. This push has centered around the recovery model focusing on the patient, not just the disorder or the disease. Patients who are involved in their treatment can receive better support and identify the types of holistic care best suited to their circumstances, given their experiences and current needs.

Benefits of Using a Recovery-Based Approach

The recovery-based approach to treatment offers several benefits. 

Less Reliance on Medication

Firstly, the recovery-based treatment approach focuses on all of the pathways that can contribute to mental health disorders rather than just the physiological causes. In doing so, the recovery model integrates several forms of treatment, not just medication. 

Previously, the medical model focused solely on addressing biological and physiological causes of mental health disorders by providing prescription medications, but new models incorporate a wellness action plan that addresses the person, not just the disease.

Improved Overall Health

Secondly, these recovery-based approaches focus on the idea that managing or recovering from a mental illness requires that individuals make choices to support their physical and mental health.

Individuals are heavily involved in the decisions made regarding treatment and recovery. Moreover, treatment plans involve physical health through things like exercise, emotional health through social support and networking, and mental health through coping strategies, mindfulness practices, and therapy.

Safe Housing

For some people, this plan requires safe and stable housing options, which can be facilitated through secondary and tertiary housing options such as halfway houses and sober living facilities.

Finding Purpose

Mental health treatment can be improved when individuals develop purpose. The recovery-based approach helps individuals create daily routines, participate in their community, and have a schedule of goals achieved throughout the recovery process.

Community Support

Another benefit of using this approach is the increased support. Studies indicate that individuals with family and peer support in any type of recovery are more successful; they are more likely to complete any treatment program, stick with any medication or treatment recommendations after leaving a facility, and less likely to struggle with secondary mental health issues. 

This recovery model helps people live a self-directed life full of purpose by receiving support from online social networks, support groups, friends, family, and the general community. Supporting individuals with emotional availability, respect, open communication, and love can provide a dimension of recovery not addressed with other forms of treatment.

Water Gap Wellness’ Recovery-Based Approach to Treatment

With Water Gap Wellness, we can help you treat several mental health disorders using a recovery-based approach. Our team works hard to involve each client in the assessment and design of individualized treatment programs. We can provide treatment for:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder

Our clients benefit significantly from our flexible outpatient treatment programs with structured support and the opportunity to manage their diagnosis using a recovery-based approach. If you are looking for comprehensive, holistic care, reach out to our team today. 

Water Gap Wellness Center is a mental health treatment center in Pennsylvania that offers a recovery-based approach to treatment.

Contact Water Gap Wellness to learn more about using a recovery-based approach to mental health care. 

About WGWC

Water Gap Wellness Center offers expert and compassionate treatment for mental health and substance abuse at our Pennsylvania facility, just outside New Jersey, a short drive from New York. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you today. 

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