When you are in recovery for addiction, you no longer have the option of turning to drugs or alcohol to cope with emotions. People who have a drug or alcohol addiction often start using drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with emotions and feelings such as stress, anxiety, or depression. When using drugs or alcohol to cope, the brain becomes dependent on the substance to function.
When you go to treatment, you need to adjust to a new substance-free lifestyle. Ending drug or alcohol use takes a lot of hard work and determination. After treatment ends, emotions that were once subdued by the effects of drugs or alcohol begin to resurface. This can put you at risk of relapse.
Emotions can be overwhelming. The feelings that have mental associations with drugs or alcohol may trigger the urge to use. Learn how to cope with triggers and turn away from familiar habits of using drugs or alcohol.
After years of responding to feelings or emotions by using, it will take time to break the association. Learn which feelings and emotions trigger the urge. By keeping a journal of the feelings and emotions, you will become more aware of patterns and track progress.
In early recovery, find positive coping skills. Go for a walk, listen to music, read, or play with a pet. These alternative activities help to get through emotional triggers. Talk to sober, supportive friends. It can help you cope with emotions and feel encouraged to stay sober. Get to know people in group meetings who can help during difficult times. Call a reliable person who can offer encouragement and talk you through challenging moments.
Have a plan for coping with the strong emotions that come with a new, sober lifestyle. Negative emotions, such as anger, boredom, and frustration are signs of an emotional relapse. Dealing with emotions appropriately will pull you out of emotional relapse and improve mood, quality of life, and a successful recovery
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or substance abuse, get help today. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and is an exclusive experience for individuals who truly want to change. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started:888-855-6877