A Combination of Treatment Strategies Is Often Better than Just One
Therapies can complement and facilitate each other.
- Medication can facilitate other therapies because it can give the ability to concentrate and cooperate in other activities
- Psychotherapy can accomplish what drugs cannot – It can allow a lasting change in fundamental underlying beliefs and feelings.
- Behavioral therapy can establish patterns of beneficial activity, reinforcing insights learned in psychotherapy.
Peer Support activities can complement traditional therapies
- Receiving support from others who have had similar problems can be very helpful because they’ve been there. What worked for them may work for you.
- Giving support to others can enhance self-esteem
- Participation in networks and in advocacy on behalf of oneself or others is empowering
- Recent federally-sponsored research shows that people who augment traditional medical therapies with peer support activities, such as drop-in centers, report significantly better well-being than those using only traditional medical therapies.
- Conflict with traditional therapy is usually over:
- Forced treatment including forced hospitalization and forced medication
- Disagreement by some with the medical model of mental health care treatment
Recovery Model activities give more control over life
- Learning how to monitor one’s triggers and early warning signs can make relapse less frequent.
- Deciding ahead of time what kind of treatment to have is empowering and enhances self-esteem
- Address as many dimensions of recovery as possible