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How do I know when I am recovered ?

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Last Updated: 10/26/2021 at 7:45am
How do I know when I am recovered ?
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Top Rated Answers
March 9th, 2015 6:31pm
You kinda need to feel it. It's that kind of feeling when everything that happened in the past is just in the past. It can be also the tims where you're ready to talk about that ( doesn't have to trough ). You should forgive if someone hurted you. :)
April 13th, 2015 11:38pm
You'll know when you dont have to ask yourself that question, when you learn to love yourself for you! :)
May 26th, 2015 8:18pm
I consider myself to be recovered when I don't use my destructive or obsessive habits to cope with my daily events, or when I can get through situations and not feel the need to use any habits or avoid everything altogether. Even if someone is fully recovered, I think that it's normal to still think about returning to those habits or having relapses months or years later. It's something to work on for good, not just for a few months
August 2nd, 2015 10:03pm
There is no sure way to know. The best answer I have, is to look for the time when you feel "normal" again. When you can naturally do whatever you did before you went into the disorder.
September 7th, 2015 1:38am
Whenever you feel like you have moved on from the bad place in your life and you don't want to even think about relapsing
September 29th, 2015 8:50pm
Recovery is a hard path and I personally believe that it is a long one! A good way to know that you are recovered is when you no longer feel you need to act upon urges or if you no longer have urges! I believe that a good way to help with recovery is just making sure you have good coping mechanisms and you are true to yourself! Hope that helped! "\ml/"
January 5th, 2016 12:21pm
When you can go through your daily activities in a way that satisfies you and manage to be independent.
January 17th, 2016 8:00am
When you feel completely satisfied with yourself and can go through your usual daily activities without feeling like you're being dragged down
June 20th, 2016 3:50pm
You will most likely be recovered when the symptoms of your illness lose their persistence and you begin thinking in a more healthy manner.
September 5th, 2016 12:42pm
When you are feeling happy and confident being yourself and don't feel the need to pretend to be someone your not
April 24th, 2017 3:18am
This is definitely a very difficult question to answer. Everyone is different. And, as someone who's had to deal with depression and anxiety, I feel like it's always something that I will have to monitor. There are good days and there are bad. And there are REALLY bad. But I think as long as you stay aware of your feelings, and seek the support you need during the hard times-- whether it be from family or friends or even the 7 cups community :)-- everything will be okay 💖
December 5th, 2017 4:22pm
It sounds simple but when you are happier more often and when you have positive thoughts about your future, your relationship and your current life.
April 24th, 2018 8:26pm
When you stop worrying. When you don't care about risks. When you realise others don't define your happiness.
April 20th, 2020 4:09pm
When i feel free to do any thing and stop thinking of that what is was troubling about. When i don't feel anything about the past which was my bad experience, when it doesnt trouble me anymore then i will come to know that i am recovered completely. When i start to feel positive about everything and when i work only for my wellness then i know i am covered completely. Last year when i didnt crack JEE mains exam i was completly broken, but by the tme i start thinking positive and think that that was only one exam it will not decide my future and now i am recovered and happy
May 18th, 2021 2:07am
Recovery is not something that really ever reaches a finish line. It is different for everyone, and the journey that it entails. However, it is ongoing. Recovery is something that requires maintenance. It can be easy to return to subtances that we once had a dependence on if we are triggered, or lose control. So it is important to maintain our recovery and recognize what might make it difficult for us to maintain it. It is important to remember why we are in recovery, and what were steps we needed to take to get here. Where the negative reasons that made us realize we needed to change? When and why did we realize that we developed a dependence and were misusing substances? When we remember these things and seek support from people who can help us, it makes it easier for us to maintain our recovery. But the short answer is really, we never will know when and if we are recovered.
October 26th, 2021 7:45am
Change is slow, and most days you wont even notice. But one fine day you will wake up and feel better than the rest of the days you have felt. Hopefully that can be your cue. You could track your behaviour or moods and see if that has been affected in a better way. You can always ask a trusted person if they notice any difference in you. You can ask yourself time and again how you are feeling and see if the answer is different. These are the few ways that might help you. Dont forget that recovering is not a linear path. It's back n forth so just be kind to yourself and keep moving forward. Happy recovering.