by Neseret on October 2, 2011

DahlieRecovery starts with a decision and wllingness to change.

It demands commitment.

Recovery is a willingness to have faith.

It requires great courage.

Recovery is choosing life.

Everyday,every hour and sometimes moment by moment.

Recovery is hard work.

It maybe the biggest battle you’ll fight in your life.

Recovery is a process.

Nothing happens overnight.

Recovery is learning to be patient.

It is becoming comfortable with being human.

Recovery is sometimes painful.

It is facing your biggest fears and demons.

Recovery is learning to love.

It is having acceptance and compassion for yourself and others.

Recovery is learning to let go.

It is trusting.

Recovery is freedom.

It is the ability to be your authentic self.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Tammy Kevwitch November 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Hi Neseret,

Thank you. I need to work on my faith and trust. Thank you for reminding me.


Neseret November 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Hi Tammy,

You’re welcome! Recovery is a lifelong process. It takes time to build faith and trust. If you’re willing to take small steps each and everyday you will see results that will build your faith. On the other hand it takes having faith and trust in yourself to make change and to take the small steps you know are for your highest good. These two things are obviously interconnected and positively impact one another. The more steps you take trusting yourself the more results you’ll see in your life and the more results you see the greater your faith. Keep moving forward.

Peace, Love & Gratitude,



Vidya Sury March 26, 2012 at 6:02 am

The absolute truth, Neseret. What a beautiful way to present this topic. I liked best the line that said “Recovery starts with a decision and wllingness to change.” Unless we want something to happen, positive or negative, it cannot happen. Most of us are afraid to take that all-important step, to give in to that crucial moment that can transform our lives. Faith is known to move mountains 🙂 and I guess we should act on what inspires us, right? Thank you for this wonderful post.


Neseret March 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Hi Vidya,

You are absolutely right! One of the first steps in the journey of healing is having HOPE things can be better and taking that leap of FAITH to take action. It takes a lot of courage to get to this point and once you have hope and faith anything and everything is POSSIBLE.

Fear is what holds people back from moving forward and becoming all that they can become. It is important to acknowledge feelings of fear and overwhelm especially in the early stages of the healing process, however those who become successful will take the necessary steps despite the fear. You can overcome fear through having proper support and knowledge.

As you pointed out beautifully as long as we have the desire to HEAL we will find a way. The way will be made for us to heal.

Peace, Love & Gratitude,



Cathy | Treatment Talk November 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I love this list Neseret. So supportive and healing. Beautiful!! Take care and have a good rest of your week.


Neseret November 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Thanks Cathy. Glad you appreciate it. You too have a lovely week. Blessings and peace,



Greg December 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Hi Neseret and everyone,

having acceptance and compassion for oneself stands out for me. Thanks love.


grenville Norville March 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm

I could reply to what I have read,but as you know,is is the first time for me relating
to you ,this is years i have been seeking help for my psycological problems , one
psychiatrist was getting through to me, here in Barbados,unfortunately she passed
away,the fees for private counselling here are high,so i was left hanging on a lim .It
is only by chance that I came across your page,& I am pleasantly surprize how you
have begun to reach me.I truly appreciate the (GREAT) work you are doing,I feel
verry inspired to make something of my self, GOD bless& thanks.


Stan Rosen PsyD June 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

.You’re a special person, Neseret. Try publishing this under,’What It Takes To Recover From Trauma”. I agree with your entire premise, but if you don’t mind I would like to add a couple things. Amidst the complexity, recovery is treating yourself with kindness, accepting who you are now, and connecting and finding a new narrative to these traumatic terrifying experiences. Recovery is avoiding blaming yourself and eventually forgiving or accepting those that harmed you so that you can release yourself from the past, to be able to live fully in the present designing and fulfilling a new life. Recovery is working with your body’s memory by releasing the pain through somatic experiencing and sensory integration with Kripalu Yoga, QiGong, or other somatic modalities. The pioneers of Complex PTSD, and Attachment Trauma, Drs Bessel van der Kolk, and Judith Herman can offer much in the understanding of relational trauma. I so much wish you well on your Journey of Hope.


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