You did it, you completed treatment.
Now you are here: a person with awareness and new found potential, ready to take on the world, shooting smiles and rainbows out of your fingertips… if only it were that easy.
Yes, you’ve harnessed important tools and have made a choice to be the person you want to be, but it’s all brand new. Up to this point, you’ve just been surviving. Going day to day, getting by the only way you know how. Life was stuck at a plateau. Now, you’re ready to move forward and grow – you’re ready to take your treatment past the treatment.
That is where Thrive comes into play.
An Aftercare Program Called Thrive
It’s time to shift from surviving to thriving.
Thrive is an aftercare program. It’s true: you are a changed human, and you are as empowered as you feel. However, applying all of that energy to the real world outside of treatment is a lot to take on at first.
No one is perfect, and recovery is a process. Even the shining example of a person who has crushed their mental health illness has rough days, and they probably happen more often than you think. If only treatment was like a giant conveyor belt where you hop in on one side, and come out of the other side shiny and brand new.
But that’s just not the way treatment, or life for that matter, works. There will be times where you feel defeated, or that your diagnosis is creeping up from the depths to step in front of you again. But remember: you’re never defeated and you’re not your diagnosis. You will need to be reminded of this from time to time. Thrive provides support, alumni, and community to do just that.
Look at it this way. When coping with a mental disorder, you’re often a changed person. Mental disorders, whether they stay or disappear, leave a lasting mark on the person they afflicted. In turn, that mark is something you have to proudly live with, not hide. It may manifest itself in relapses, later symptoms, minor feelings reminiscent of the disorder, or another mental issue. When that happens, you need to be able to cope with it – and move past the symptoms once more.
The community within Thrive is people who are either standing exactly where you are now, or who have been there and see beyond this point. Some of these people may have the most amazing stories of how they got where they are, and for others it is still a daily struggle. Everyone is unique, and everyone is trying. Reaching out for support in a time of need to someone who can relate to where you are is vital. It can really break away the end of the tunnel to show you that the light is a lot closer than you think.
Even after treatment has ended, it’s these people who are the other survivors who, on the surface, look just like everyone else, while bearing larger mental scars within that give them a similar unique outlook on their life.
Thrive also has supportive housing environments available. This is a great option if you’re feeling a little shaky about leaving treatment. Maybe in treatment you had strong confidence and felt yourself building to your potential, but the idea of being able to keep that confidence outside of treatment is intimidating.
It’s natural to feel that way. Treatment facilities are sheltered – life is raw, and painful. It’s harder to deal with. But it’s also much more satisfying to feel in control and normal whilst going about your day to day. To get there, Thrive exists to make sure that even outside of your treatment facility, you have an available network of people to keep you mentally healthy and strong enough to cope with anything in life.
Our supportive housing keeps you close to the Vantage Point community. It may not be as intense as treatment was, but it does add an extra stepping stone to help make that giant leap more of a comfortable stride.
Aftercare is important. No matter how you decide to do it, staying in the process and connected to Vantage Point assures continued growth. Check out this semi-cheesy analogy: Prior to treatment, you were a seed stuck underneath cracked, rock hard ground. Stuck in a shell, with nowhere to progress.
With a little self-love and watering, you break free from the seed pod. Time passes, treatment with Vantage Point ensues, then BAM! You break through the top soil. You’re feeling great. Treatment has come to an end. You have all of these new tools and are beaming with determination.
But even though you’ve broken through the top soil, you’re a bud. A bud that has so much promise and beauty inside of it, but you’re fragile and brand new to this whole self-awareness thing.
Take depression or bipolar as an example. It’s an amazing feeling to finally be free from symptoms for a while, but like so many other disorders, relapse levels are high. Statistically, there will be a day where you will feel like crap again.
That should never be a reason to let your bud die. You can become the world’s most magnificent flower, or grow into an ancient and sturdy piece of oak, and everything in between. Mental disorders are never a guarantee that you’ll never thrive – they just make it a little harder to thrive.
Long story short: you are an exquisite new version of yourself and we want to make sure the beauty and empowerment you now hold progresses. No more digressing, no more plateauing – you can be whatever you want to be, so long as you let go of your inner fears and accept that the diagnosis does not define you.
Again; the diagnosis does not define you. You are much more than that.
What We Provide
To summarize the cheesy analogies, Thrive provides:
- Wrap-around Resources
- Focus on Personal Growth & Development
- Services & Events to Create Self-Mastery
- Open Marketplace; Content Driven
- Community Support & Connection
- Supportive Housing Environments
Thrive carries out our core competencies. This means that we:
- Bring you to a point of emotional self-awareness, where you are able to understand your emotions and how they affect your reality.
- Initiate the self-assessment of developing an objective view of your surroundings and relationships, thus knowing your strengths and weaknesses.
- Help you develop your own personal power. This personal power is what gives you self-worth and the confidence to be assertive. Thrive solidifies that courage, and if you have a misstep, the Vantage Point community is there to put you back on your feet.
The battle is never over. But you’re allowed to take breaks, recuperate, live and enjoy. Life will always be a little harder for you than for most people – but don’t let that be a bad thing. At the end of the day, the harder the fight, the sweeter the victory – and you command an appreciation for life that, because of your disorder, makes every single day that much more worth living through.