noy sure how to anser yir question sor if I even have an answer...
Concerned though that there is something else I should be doing in preparation for not being chemically reliant. I know there is no magic wand and its about finding a coping mechanism. But its where to turn to, if I even need to. Do I just wait and see what happens?[/quote]
its definitely about finding coping mechanism, and that will be individual to you, some things work for some, and other things work for others, hence why there such an array of things out there about self help. and obviously some things work for a while, then you have to switch it up or do a combination of things, with mental health I feel its a new way of finding out what works for us, its a ne journey your on, so some of yiur ol coping mechanisms will not work aswell, or some may work better, its baoit possibly changing lifestyle, changing priories.
you say your a reader, and just now the book 10 second Philosophy popped into my mind, have you read that?
that talks abut an ambitious, motivated dad being (what he now realised)depressed, based on hard work and lack of time spent with family and not having the finances he required, and then changing his situation by changing priorities. Its a good and short book, if you like to read may be something you may look at and see if there any points you can use.
I think I would say though, don't rush the process, I am ambitious and very self critiquing, and that only works in work and other elements of life that you can control, you cant control mental health as its an illness, just like any illness , we have to be patient, look after your self and not treat it as an objective that we have to list points and actions down to achieve the outcome. it works differet, going about it in a methodical way can sometimes hinder or backtrack the recovery process.
so I'm sorry, I never answered a single question, butt hope it helps none the less,