One of things you will hear in a 12-Step program is that you can change at any time which also includes change to your emotions. When you first get sober or go through different stages in your life throughout your sobriety, you may find it impossible to reign in your emotions because you feel like you are riding on a wave of ups and downs. By learning to control these feelings, you could be preventing yourself from having a harder time in your sobriety as well as preventing a relapse.
You are taught in recovery to walk through your emotions and actually feel them. When you were drinking and using you were allowing yourself to numb all your emotions instead of making your feelings valid. Instead of knowing what they were, you stuffed them inside of you so that no one, including yourself, would have to know what you were dealing with. Now that you are sober, sorting out the pain you experienced from trauma and processing what you have been trying to avoid, can help you to regulate what you are really going through.
Taking charge in this area of your life will take some work on your part, but you will be glad that you did. Many of your emotions are tied to resentments that have been eating you up on the inside and you must take action to not have to harbor them any longer. Holding onto resentment is like swallowing poison and hoping the other person will die. The insanity of the antagonism is enough to make anyone drink or use to forget what they are holding onto that is making them sick.
Get to the truth in your resentments so that you can move on and diminish the emotions that you have surrounding them. There will still be times where you are mad, sad, and feel misunderstood. By continuously working through your feelings, you can get to the other side of your emotions and begin to feel much better.
Emotions are never-ending and will always be a part of your trials and tribulations. Training yourself to be happy in the presence of life on life’s terms can give you a new perspective to deal with your emotions ongoing.
If you or someone you know is struggling with drugs or alcohol, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center can lead the way to get you sober. We offer an array of services that can show you how to adorn your soul in recovery.
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