This is the method that has helped people cope with their mental illness for over 80 years.
To practice the Recovery Method:
Members attend Recovery Meetings
Study Dr. Abraham Lows' books
Practice the tools we learn in our daily lives
Many people come to their first Recovery Meeting feel helpless and hopeless. They often have tried over and over again to deal with their symptoms such as racing thoughts, obsessions, anxiety, panic, depression to no avail. Many often turn to friends and family who offer well meaning but ineffective advice that leaves them feeling ashamed and even more lonely and alone with their struggles.
The Recovery Method is a muscle method. We learn that the humble muscle can retrain the brain through muscle movement.
When we are afraid we command our muscles to move to prove there is no danger.
When angry we learn that temper blocks insight and control our muscles not to act.
The ability to move and control our muscles completing tasks, with practice convinces the brain that there is no danger. We learn it’s not how we feel but how we function.
We cannot control our Thoughts and Impulses as they come uninvited but we can learn to control our reaction to them which is what the Recovery Method teaches you. These techniques when practiced consistently become automatic when encountering similar situations. They become part of us, available 24/7; whether we are alone, in the middle of the night or when someone cuts us off in traffic, etc. The self confidence the illness has taken away is restored.
Attendance at Recovery Meetings offers support from members who suffer from mental illness. They understand the challenges of living with mental illness including all the Leaders and Assistant Leaders who also suffer from Mental Illness. Members have learned the Recovery Method and through practice have had success in regaining self leadership in spite of their thoughts and feelings.
Repeated use of the techniques train members to lead peaceful and productive lives. We know we may feel helpless but we are not hopeless. There are no hopeless cases in Recovery.