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“You’ve got a voice that says, ‘You won’t get past this one, you won’t win your freedom’. It’s like a constant war and you want to settle that score, but you’re bruised and beaten and you feel defeated.” -It’s Not Over Yet by For King and Country

When we live with a mental illness, whether that is trauma, depression, addiction, an eating disorder, or some other kind of condition, we live with a certain voice in our head. That voice dictates and narrates our struggles. What that voice does not do is tell us to get help, get treatment, and recovery, or get better. We do indeed feel like we are in a constant war. Somewhere within us is a voice trying to tell us you deserve help, you can get better, you are worth more than this. Bruised, beaten, and defeated by the powerful voice of our mental illness, we begin to believe that freedom will never be ours, that we will never get past our current struggle. The voice continues to tell us we aren’t worth help, we aren’t sick enough for help, we aren’t “bad” enough for help. It tells just continue to tells us we are weak, incapable, and undeserving.

Brianna Whitbred writes for Recovery Warriors, a blog dedicated to depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, writes about living with the belief that you aren’t ‘sick enough’ for treatment. “I hated living that way. I hated never being able to escape the prison of my own mind. Lost within a whirlwind of perfectionism, self hate, self doubt, and obsessive behaviors, I didn’t even know who I was anymore.” The voice telling us we aren’t ‘sick enough’ for treatment desires one thing: to keep us sick and make us more sick. Such a scenario might sound plucked out of a science fiction film but for millions of people who have made it to recovery, it was a reality.

Overcoming that pesky voice usually takes a moment of clarity, a surge of willingness, and a tremendous amount of bravery, as well as courage. “When I finally realized I was headed down a dangerous path,” Whitbred illustrates, “I got the help I needed.”

How sick is sick enough? Where are the metrics, the standards, the guidelines that tell us when we do and do not deserve to get help if we are struggling and suffering? If you are struggling and suffering in your life, you deserve to be helped. Recovery is possible and it is waiting for you on the other end of the phone. Call The Guest House Ocala today for information on our concierge style residential treatment programs for trauma and related issues. 1-855-483-7800