One of the main reasons why you probably drink, and use is to avoid the feelings that make you feel lousy and worthless. Any trauma and abuse that you may have endured in the past can create adverse feelings that will continue to stay with you in your present moment. Although you may think that your feelings go away when you are under the influence, they actually stay right where they are continuously gaining traction in negativity the longer you abuse drugs and alcohol. Addiction also creates shame and guilt with each hit, drink, or drag you take that adds to the antagonism that caused you to spiral in the first place.
If you want to get through the feelings of the past to have a chance at serenity in your future, you will have to face your feelings in your sobriety. No one says that this will be an easy task to take on, but the relief that you will gain from sorting out your feelings will be extremely rewarding. One of the things that may be holding you back from confronting your apprehension is not knowing where to begin.
Get some therapy
Depending on the severity of the trauma and abuse, you may want to get professional help to assist in your recovery. Not only do you have to deal with your addiction, you also must work through your feelings. You may think that you have them under control even though they are really causing you tremendous anxiety. Talking your feelings out with a counselor can help you with your self-esteem and make you more confident in your recovery.
Work the 12 Steps
Using the twelve steps the way they are intended can help you to face your feelings. Writing honestly about your experiences, the events leading up to cessation, and the feelings you felt during your addiction will clear up the wreckage of your past while helping you to move forward feeling lighter.
Share at support meetings
Going to meetings and letting people who have gone through similar experiences and feel the way you do know where you are at emotionally, can break down the walls that surround your feelings. On the flip side, listening to what others in the same boat have done to work through their issues can give you an idea of what you need to do in your own recovery.
The thing to remember is that feelings are not facts. Taking some action to work through your issues in sobriety can be the very thing that can set you free to face your feelings in your recovery.
If you or someone you know is struggling with drugs and alcohol, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center can help you start a new chapter in your life of sobriety. Our medical and clinical staff work together to get you the best treatment that can show you how to adorn your soul in recovery.
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