Reintegration & Recovery
People recovering from a
serious and persistent mental illness often wonder what will happen to them as
they get better. They have concerns about whether they'll be able to live on
their own - and if so, where they will live and how they will take care of all
The term "reintegration" includes all the things you do
from the time you start your treatment until the time you are able to meet your
goals; some of the most important of these goals - such as finding the right
place to live or going back to school -involve creating ways to live as
independently as possible.
Identifying your needs and learning how to get those
needs met independently are critical to the process of reintegration. People
have many different types of needs - some basic, some more complex. Basic
survival needs include a place to live and food to eat, both of which can be
obtained better with appropriate education. Feeling that your life has balance
and purpose is another need most people have.
When basic needs are fulfilled, people feel inner comfort
and a greater sense of peace. People who are not well may not realize they have
basic needs that must be met. But these needs usually become clearer to them as
they begin to recover from their illness.