Sorrow in Recovery
Changing your lifestyle can bring lots of different emotions, including sorrow. Sorrow is a mixture of sadness, fear, and anxiety. While in addiction recovery, feeling sorrow can stifle determination and growing. Here is how feeling sorrow can start while in starting recovery and how to find the strength to carry on.
Those who become addicted may have used addiction to avoid any pain or emotions. When they start sobriety, it becomes time to face those emotions that were being avoided. Facing these emotions that can become rather difficult can bring about self-pity and/or sorrow.
Many people use self-medication, but the more it is used, the more unhealthy habits are being developed. It is used to avoid instead of comfort.
Ways to Move Past the Sorrow in Recovery
It takes time and steps to remove sorrow from our life. “Sorrow is an illusion derived from the belief that we’re strong enough to take care of ourselves. However, the deeper the issue, the more we need qualified help to move us past the hurdle. The hurdle is our training ground and the quicker we submit to those that can help, the faster we can obtain useful knowledge of moving forward in our lives.” Things like positive influences and surrounding ones self with boundaries and self-improvement drastically help. There are four main steps to help overcome sorrow while in recovery.
- Acknowledge you need help. Even strong people need help. A couch who has already been through the situation can help.
- Facing the issue is a big commitment. You have to avoid the flight response and face the issue to get better.
- Create a plan to help improvements. Growing takes one step at a time. Small accomplishments will soon turn into big accomplishments.
- Accountability can come in forms such as written actions, counselors, and coaches. Plan dates on when you want to complete different goals.
“Many times, the first step to healing is allowing ourselves to be broken. As you move forward, remember to reach out to those around you for support and to open up the conversation about the sorrow you’re experiencing.”
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