Illness Management and Recovery

Harwood House incorporates the evidence-based practice Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) which helps manage symptoms of substance use disorder and mental health disorders.  IMR helps to educate the person to integrate his use and mental health symptoms, while developing goals and coping mechanisms to further advance his recovery. 

 

Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) gives consumers information about substance dependence and mental illnesses and coping skills to help them manage their illnesses, develop goals, and make informed decisions about their treatment.  Knowledge empowers people.  The more people understand the basic facts about their illnesses, the better equipped they are to speak for themselves and take an active role in their recovery.

How does IMR work? 

Consumers define recovery – IMR practitioners help consumers define recovery for themselves, developing meaningful goals.
Information is power – education about both illnesses is the foundation of informed decision making.

Collaboration is key – Practitioners help consumers build social networks and engage supporters in activities that promote recovery.

Plans can help prevent relapses – Consumers learn to identify early warning signs and plan steps that they can take to prevent relapses.

Illness management strategies work – Consumers learn new strategies to help them manage their symptoms, cope with stress, and significantly improve their lives.