Ethics – Part Two

I make the case for acting ethical in your dealings with other people.

Acting trashy isn’t the way to get ahead. The world doesn’t need another person pretending to be someone he or she is not just to be taken seriously and fit in.

The Left of the Dial philosophy that I’ve created and champion I’ll talk more about in the Left of the Dial page on this site.

Here, I’ll tell readers that you’re in the driver’s seat on the road to you. Have the courage of your convictions. Don’t give up the fight. You and only you hold the keys to unlocking a better life for yourself.

Research with diligence the options you’re presented with in your recovery. Research, research, research these options. Understand that the choice should be yours and your treatment providers should consult with you before creating any kind of “treatment plan” for you to follow.

In my experience, attending a traditional day program or longer-term program isn’t the way to go for young adults. The goal is to be resilient: to quickly get back into the mainstream and go to school or find a job.

I will be writing about “Recovery 2014” at HealthCentral for Mental Illness Awareness Week. In this news article, I will make the case for acting as your own advocate to obtain the right treatment for your needs at this time in your recovery.

I do think it’s unconscionable if not unethical for mental health staff to stigmatize the very individuals they’re supposed to treat.

I use humor in Left of the Dial to spoof what went on in the day program I attended.

You have everything you need right inside yourself to succeed. Everyone holds the keys to their own happiness.

Each of us will come in contact with unethical people in our lives.

We need to hold them accountable and not let them off the hook.

I was lucky I got the right treatment, right away.

I’ll talk next about how I challenged a provider that was not ethical. Stay tuned.

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Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She owns a resume writing and career help business. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and a fitness buff.

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