How to manage your bills in early recovery

How to manage your bills in early recovery

Life has been unmanageable for a long time while you were out getting drunk or high. Now that you are in early recovery you are trying to be more responsible and manage the aspects of your life that you can. Bills just happen to be one of those things on the list of “to-dos for life”. Managing bills can be a difficult task for anyone not just those of us who are in early recovery although, being in early recovery can make it a bit more overwhelming at times. There is a lot of anxiety that can come with needing to pay bills, organizing them, and trying not to forget what is due when. Not only that but for those in early recovery there is the added anxiety of just wanting and trying to stay sober. So managing bills in early recovery should be as easy and stress less as possible. So if you want to manage your bill in early recovery here are some ways to begin doing so:

  1. Get your bills organized – As soon as you get a bill through the mail, email etc. Sort through it and separate the pending bills from everything else. When done organizing and sorting place your pending bills in envelope, pocket folder, or label a folder on your email as pending bills and place the emails all there.
  2. Don’t separate pending bills into separate folders – Keep all of your pending bills in one spot. Don’t keep the electric bill and the rent bill in separate folders. All of your pending bills should be in one place where you can easily access them all. It is a hassle to have to search through a million different places for all of your pending bills so just keep them where you can get to them all at once.
  3. Designate a time each month to pay for your bills – Find time to pay all your bills. Whether you set aside time each month to pay them all or you pay one every Friday. Have a schedule on when you pay your bills.
  4. Pay your bills in one place and keep everything that has to do with your bills in one spot – In order to manage your bills in early recovery a little bit easier make sure to keep everything you need to pay bills such as your checkbook, envelopes, stamps, pens, pencils, calculators etc. all in one spot.
  5. Immediately record what bills you have paid – As soon as you pay a bill, make sure to record that you paid it. Don’t wait until later to do this because you will most likely forget.
  6. Put receipts from paid bills in file folders – Once you pay your bills mark the copy or section of the invoice with the date paid, check number and the amount and then file it into the appropriate spot such as utilities, insurance, MasterCard etc.
  7. If you have multiple credit cards get rid of a few of them – Having a ton of credit cards in early recovery is unnecessary. Keep only the cards you absolutely need because having multiple credit cards can get really confusing and unmanageable pretty quick.
  8. Have envelopes already ready for recurring bills – For bills such as rent you can have envelops already ready to go and it will save you a lot of time and effort when you go to pay your bills. Just go ahead and make a year’s worth of envelopes with your landlord’s address on them etc.
  9. Set reminders for when bills are coming up – Most of the time when bills don’t get paid it’s not because we don’t have the money we just forget. So set reminders for the deadlines and dates certain bills have to paid
  10. Look into bill paying software which can do all of this for you – there are a lot of software programs out there that can do most of the managing of your bills for you if you have a computer and want to go that route. This can make it much easier to keep up with managing your bills and takes a lot of the time and effort out of it too.

Either way managing your bills in early recovery is part of living a new life where we are not productive members of society with integrity. In order to move forward in life we must learn how to manage basic things such as paying bills in order to slowly begin managing our entire lives.

 

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Lies That Addicts Tell Their Loved Ones

Lies That Addicts Tell Their Loved Ones

Lying is a well-known part of addiction. They are a natural and virtually automatic way of life for addicts. Addicts lie to themselves, to their loved ones, and to the world. They lie about big things and small things, and they often get so caught up in their lies that they don’t even know the truth anymore. Here are some common lies that addicts tell their loved ones and the reasons they do it:

Lies That Addicts Tell Their Loved Ones: Lies to cover up addiction

What it sounds like:

“I only had a couple drinks last night.”

“That isn’t mine; I’m holding it for a friend”

“I don’t drink/use every day”

Why they do it:

Although not all addictive behaviors are against the law, many are. Even those that aren’t are highly stigmatized, even if, like drinking, they are socially acceptable in moderation. It becomes second nature for people with addictions to cover up their addictive behavior because they know, deep down, that if anyone knew how much they used/drank; they would have to make a change. Loved ones would be concerned and/or judge them.

Lies That Addicts Tell Their Loved Ones: Lies to avoid confrontation

What it sounds like:

“I can’t make it to your house to talk, I have to do X, Y, or Z.”

“I need these medications; a doctor prescribed them to me.”

“I’m not that bad, you’re overreacting.”

“I don’t drink as much as [other person]; he/she is the one who really needs help.”

Why they do it:

Although loved ones of addicts often find them confrontational, in reality, they often want to avoid confrontation, especially when it is about their behavior. To avoid confrontation they may get really angry to try to manipulate you into backing down or they may simply lie. Addicts rely heavily on drugs and alcohol to be able to cope with the stresses of life. Being confronted by another person is very stressful, and it is something they have a hard time dealing with. They may even try to make you believe it is your fault they are using because you confronted them in the first place.

Lies That Addicts Tell Their Loved Ones: Lies to avoid negative consequences

What it sounds like:

“I didn’t steal that”

“I can’t do it today, I’m sick”

“My car broke down; I’m not going to make it in”

Why they do it:

Addicts lie to protect themselves. They know if they tell the truth, they will have to face negative consequences-losing jobs, relationships, or even facing legal charges. It is much easier to lie than to own up to the fact that their using/drinking is affecting their everyday life and/or causing them to break the law.

Lies That Addicts Tell Their Loved Ones: Lies where they are the victim

What it sounds like:

“It’s your fault I drink/use drugs. If I didn’t have such a terrible childhood, I wouldn’t need them”

“If you had to deal with the things I have, you would be drinking too.”

Why they do it:

These are lies that the addict themselves may not even realize are lies. They may even be based on a kernel of truth. It is their way of transferring blame for their addiction to another person or situation. They love to play the victim, and will use anything negative events in their lives as an excuse to keep using or drinking. If they don’t have the responsibility for using or drinking, they also don’t have the responsibility for quitting.

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How Can I Find My Higher Power?

How can I find my higher power?

How can I find my higher power?

Finding your higher power is a deeply personal experience. Everyone finds their higher power in a different way. Some people have what they call a “moment of clarity” or a “white light experience” where they can finally see the world with clear eyes, and they know there is something bigger than them out there. Other people slowly start to notice things in their life getting better or the beauty around them, and they find their higher power from there.

For me, finding a higher power was a long process. I had been raised in a Catholic family, but as I grew up, I had rejected the idea of God. I studied science, and I loved math. I thought that belief in God wasn’t rational, so I abandoned it completely. In my mind, there was science and then there was religion, and they were mutually exclusive. I had been raised to believe that you either believed in the Catholic version of God, or you didn’t believe at all. I chose not believing at all. “Spirituality” to me, was just another word for religion.

When I came into the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, I resented the fact that the word “God” was part of the steps. You may as well have told me that Santa Clause was going to come fix my alcoholism. It didn’t make any sense. Alcoholism is a medical disease, there are symptoms and progression. How on earth was some higher power going to cure it?

I didn’t last long that first time through Alcoholics Anonymous. As worldly and intelligent as I thought I was, I couldn’t open my mind even a little on the subject of spirituality.

Two things happened at this point in the process of finding my higher power: My addiction became much, much worse and the world around me began to change.

The drugs stopped working for me. I was having to do more and more to get the same relief. I started experiencing some heavy consequences. I lost my job, my relationship, and the trust of my family. But the worst consequences were the emotional ones. I was utterly miserable. I was restless, irritable, and discontent. I hated myself and my life, and I was desperate. The desperation allowed me to get to a point where I was willing to try anything, even finding a higher power, to experience some relief.

The world began to change as well. Spirituality was no longer regulated to the outskirts in my life. People around me began to talk about holistic medicine and the value of meditation. They practiced yoga and paid more attention to the food they were eating. “Organic” food and products were no longer something I associated with hippies out in California. Books like “The Secret” became bestsellers seemingly overnight.

I began to see that spirituality is possible, even without religion. I started my quest to find my higher power with two basic ideas:

1. I was not the most powerful thing in the world, and outside events were beyond my control.

2. When I live a life based on spiritual principles like honesty, acceptance, open-mindedness, and service, and willingness, things got better.

My quest for a higher power has evolved since then, in ways I can’t adequately explain. I am now comfortable calling my higher power “God.” I have a relationship with my higher power, with nature, and with other people that I cultivate on a daily basis. I also haven’t felt a need to pick up a drug or drink in almost two years.

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Behavioral Signs of a Relapse

Behavioral Signs of a Relapse

Behavioral Signs of a Relapse

Anyone who has any sobriety before they relapsed can tell you that the relapse starts long before you ever pick up a drug or a drink. It is a slow process that begins long before you drink or use. The steps to a relapse are changes in attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that gradually lead to the final step: picking up a drink or drug. Here are some behavioral signs of a relapse:

Behavioral Signs of a Relapse: You stop going to meetings and helping others

When you are headed towards a relapse, one of the first things to go is 12-step meetings. You start to make excuses as to why you cannot go. You may say you do not like the fact that everyone talks about their past substance abuse too much or that you’re just “too busy” to get to meetings. Since you aren’t going to meetings, you also stop reaching your hand out to the newcomer and offering help. This is dangerous, because we only keep what we have by giving it away. Ask yourself every night how many people you have helped today. If the answer is zero, than that’s what your recovery is worth.

Behavioral Signs of a Relapse: You stop praying and meditating

Besides meetings, prayer and meditation is one of the easiest things to start slacking on. For some people, the prayer and meditation goes first. Expanding spiritual consciousness is done on the honor system, in the privacy of your own home, so it’s easy to stop without anyone noticing. Once you stop doing that though, you may notice that…

Behavioral Signs of a Relapse: You begin to act the way you did when you were using

This is also known as a “dry drunk.” You may begin to be irritated by little things. You start to take things personally. You become resentful easily, and you don’t do anything to change the way you are feeling. You feel restless, irritable, and discontent. During this time, you may start lying, cheating, or stealing. This kind of behavior starts small-like making an excuse as to why you were late for work, and then the lies start becoming bigger. You may start acting out in other ways or using sex, shopping, gambling, or food as a way to make yourself feel better.  You stop living by spiritual principals, and if anyone points it out to you…

Behavioral Signs of a Relapse: You get defensive

The feelings will be familiar. It’s the same feeling you had when you were encouraged to get sober and wanted everyone to mind their own business. It’s denial and self-righteousness. Instead of listening to what people have to say, you get defensive and start picking out what is wrong with them and everyone else. You make yourself feel better by focusing on other people’s flaws.

Not everyone’s relapse happens in the exact same way, but if you notice any of these behavioral signs of a relapse in yourself, it’s time to take action and make a change. There is always a way back from this path to a relapse. The important thing is to recognize it’s happening and be honest about your attitudes and behaviors.

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Lies That Addicts Tell Themselves

Lies Addicts Tell Themselves

Addicts are very adept at lying to themselves. After all, it is hard to accept that you have a chronic, relapsing and progressive disease. It is hard to accept that you need help. It is hard to accept that you probably will never be able to drink or use drugs ever again. Here are the top lies that addicts tell themselves:

1. I am not an addict: Even with all the proof in the world, an addict can tell themselves that they are not an addict. The truth is hard to swallow. Even when addicts are in recovery, there comes a point where they start wondering if they are really an addict. They start to think maybe they CAN do drugs recreationally. After all, they’ve quit for this long. What could it hurt?

2. I will only use on the weekend or I will quit tomorrow: This is one of the biggest lies that addicts tell themselves in active addiction. Sometimes, they may even be able to put down the drugs for a little while. Inevitably, however, they always end up right back in the same place.

3. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are cults:One of the lies that addicts tell themselves is that AA and NA are not going to work for them because they are cult-like, too religious, or whatever else. They tell themselves that members are nothing more than brainwashed cult members who have become “addicted” to meetings instead of drugs. They may say “They’ve simply traded one addiction for another!” This gives them a way to dismiss the program without ever really trying it.

4 I can probably still drink/smoke pot: This is one of the most common lies addicts tell themselves. No one likes to hear that they will have to stay abstinent forever, so addicts will often convince themselves that they can drink or do other drugs as long as they stay away from their drug of choice. They may say “But I never had a problem with alcohol!” Inevitably, this almost always ends up one of two ways: Alcohol or pot stops doing the trick and they go back to their drug of choice, or they end up getting physically addicted to the new substance.

5. I need this! I have pain! : With the advent of doctors becoming more and more liberal about prescribing pain medication for minor conditions, many addicts are able to convince themselves that they NEED the drugs. This can be one of the most dangerous lies that addicts tell themselves, because it gives them an excuse to keep using. They say “I have a medical condition, and a doctor GAVE ME THESE PILLS.” Very rarely is the addict taking the medication as prescribed. Often, too, it is very difficult to assess the true level of pain when you are physically dependent on pain medication. Your body adapts to the meds and stops producing natural pain killing chemicals, so when you stop or cut down, you feel much more pain than you would if you had never taken them.

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10 Things You Need To Give Up for a Successful Recovery

10 Things You Need To Give Up for a Successful Recovery

10 Things You Need To Give Up for a Successful Recovery

The things we want to hold the tightest to are usually the things we have to give up if we want change. There are hundreds of quotes about how if you want something to change you have to do something differently. Doing something differently could mean trying to find new things to add more to your life but it could also mean giving up some things in your life in order to allow new things in. Giving up certain things is particularly true when it comes to having a successful recovery. So what are some of the things you need to give up for a successful recovery? Here are ten of them.

  1. Drugs and alcohol -This is a fairly obvious thing you have to give up for a successful recovery. I mean part of the whole idea of recovery is to stay sober and clean from drugs and alcohol. So if you want recovery first and foremost you must give up the drugs and alcohol.
  2. Denial -It is a nice thought that we aren’t as bad off as people think we are but it is denial. We are in denial about so many things while using and drinking and also into our recovery. In order to have a successful recovery you have to allow yourself to hear the truth, see the truth, and accept it. The truth will literally set you free in this case.
  3. Fear -Fear is one of the biggest road blocks for someone who is trying to change. All the “what ifs” can sometimes stop us in our tracks and keep us from being able to be successful in recovery. Letting go of fear and taking that leap of faith is paramount for a successful recovery.
  4. Beliefs -Whatever you thought you knew and believed to be true, now is the time to let go of it. In order to have a successful recovery you have to be open to new ideas all the time and in order to do that you have to give up the old ones and open your mind.
  5. Friends -Unfortunately when we are using and drinking we make a lot of friends who drink and use drugs like we do. It can be really hard but giving up those people who might make it hard for us to stay sober is very important for a successful recovery.
  6. Control -One of the biggest points of any recovery program is giving up control. In order to have a successful recovery, the want and need to control people, place and things has to be given up.
  7. Blame -Giving up blame is one of the biggest things you have to give up in order to have a successful recovery. You have to take responsibility for your life. Constantly blaming other people will never allow you to change.
  8. Perfection -No one is perfect and life is not perfect. There are going to be mistakes and they are not reasons to find yourself consumed with self-pity. Needing to be perfect allows you to have an excuse to be upset when mistakes happen. The need to be perfect has to be given up to have a successful recovery.
  9. Past – The past does nothing for you because it doesn’t exist anywhere anymore except in your mind. Giving up the past can lead to a successful recovery because it doesn’t define you anymore.
  10. Excuses -Excuses are useless to you and everyone else. Instead of looking for an excuse look for a way to take action and change your life. This is one of the hardest things to give up for a successful recovery but one of the best to. When you stop making excuses you can start making a change and that’s what recovery is all about. Change.

Source:

http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/06/04/10-things-you-must-give-up-to-be-successful/

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If I relapse should I go back to rehab?

Should I go back to rehab?

If I relapse should I go back to rehab?

Working in addiction treatment, this is a question that I hear all the time. Many people who go back to using drugs and alcohol after treatment don’t think they should go back to rehab if they relapse. They’ll say things like “I’ve been to rehab before and it didn’t work” or “I already know everything they have to tell me.” The thing is, rehab is a lot more than therapy and learning about recovery. Even if you feel like you have learned everything you need to know about the disease of addiction and yourself, there are still reasons you should go back to rehab if you relapse.

If I relapse should I go back to rehab? Environmental

One of the most important things about rehab is that it gives you a safe place to be during those early days of recovery. The first thirty days are often the hardest, and many addicts and alcoholics relapse during this time, especially if they are in the same environment where they were using. If you want different results, you need to do something differently, and changing your environment is one of the first changes you should make. Just because you know how to get sober, it doesn’t mean you actually can or will do it. This is why it is important for you to go back to rehab if you relapse.

If I relapse should I go back to rehab? Support

One of the most important reasons you should go back to rehab if you relapse is because of the support system it provides. The real thing that keeps people clean and sober is not knowledge of recovery, it is their relationships with other people; their support system. There is a reason that 12 step groups have meetings and you are supposed to get a sponsor-we need other people to recover. What most people need in early recovery is support from people who understand what they are going through, not tips on “how to avoid triggers.” They need to see people who were once where they are and who have had success in recovery. They need to build relationships with people who can show them how they can attain lasting recovery.

If I relapse should I go back to rehab? Knowledge

Ok, you may think that you know everything about recovery, but you don’t. Recovery is not about memorizing the 12 steps or reading every page of recovery literature. If you went back to drugs and alcohol, then there were obviously some fundamental things you did not learn in rehab. For example:

  • You did not surrender.
  • You did not take suggestions from people who were trying to help you.
  • You weren’t completely honest.
  • You were not open minded enough to learn everything you needed to know.

Most people who relapse, if they’re being honest with themselves, know that they did not grasp one or more of these fundamental concepts. Going back to rehab if you relapse is the safest and smartest option and it gives you the best chance for recovery in the future.

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How to have confidence in yourself

How to have confidence in yourself

How to have confidence in yourself

Self-confidence can be the make it or break it, difference in your entire lifestyle. Self-confidence is the difference between being an unstoppable force and feeling afraid. The way you see yourself has a huge impact on the way others see you. Your perception of yourself is your reality so the more confidence you have in yourself, the more likely you are to succeed in all areas of your life. Many different things add to feeling confident in yourself and some of those things are out of your control but there are certain steps you can take to have confidence in yourself and they start with:

Dressing Up

The clothes definitely don’t make you who you are but they definitely can affect the way you feel about yourself. No one is more aware of how you look than you are. So in order to have confidence in yourself you need to dress well! When you don’t look good it changes the way you carry yourself and even the way you communicate with other people. Dress well and take care of your personal appearance. In most cases you will find that button down shirt or that nice blouse really helps you to have confidence in yourself.

Sit Up Straight

Just like dressing nicely can change the way you carry yourself, the way you carry yourself in general can give or take away confidence in yourself. Having good posture will automatically make anyone feel more confident. Standing up straight, keep your head up and making eye contact are all great ways to feel more confident. Plus good posture makes a good impression on other and is empowering.

Be Grateful

When you are focused on what you want and never what you have the mind begins to tell you reasons as to why you can’t or don’t have what you want. This can cause you to focus on what is wrong with you or your weakness. The best way to have confidence in yourself is to be grateful for how much you already have because you are so amazing. When you focus on what you already have you realize how great you already are. Remember all those successful moments, unique skills, relationships and positivity you have experienced. This is a great way to gain confidence in yourself.

Compliment Someone Else or Give to Someone Else

We get what we give and the same goes for confidence in ourselves. If you want confidence in yourself try to help someone out with theirs. Praise other people and refuse to engage in negative talk about anyone. By doing this you will bring out the best in someone else and then bring out the confidence in yourself.  The same goes for giving to others. When you focus too much on yourself and not on other people’s needs, you worry about your own flaws. When you focus on other people and what you can contribute you forget about what is wrong with you and build your confidence in yourself due to your good deeds.

 

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Build-Self-Confidence

 

 

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Addiction Stereotypes

Addiction Stereotypes

Addiction Stereotypes

There are a lot of stereotypes that are associated with addiction, many of them negative. Unfortunately, addiction stereotypes can prevent many addicts from seeking treatment. They don’t want to be lumped in with the “stereotypical drug addict,” so they don’t reach out for help.

Addiction Stereotypes: Addicts are bad people

One of the most common addiction stereotypes is that addicts are bad people. Despite addiction being classified as a disease by the medical community, many people still see it as a matter of will power. To them, addicts are weak-willed degenerates. This can not only prevent addicts from getting help, but it can cause them to have low self-esteem and act as a barrier to opportunities even after they have recovered.

Addiction Stereotypes: Certain types of people are addicted to certain types of drugs

Drug addicts come in all shapes and sizes. While we are getting better as a society as recognizing that addiction can happen to anyone, we still associate certain drugs with certain types of people. When someone says “crack addict,” we may think of inner city African American males. A “binge drinker” may conjure images of a member of a fraternity at a state university. However, drug abuse happens to all different types of people.

Addiction Stereotypes: Alcohol is not as bad as illegal drugs

Many people make the mistake of thinking that alcohol is not as bad other drugs because it is legal and socially acceptable. They may not realize that addiction is a disease, and the type of substance abused makes absolutely no difference. In fact, alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the United States, and it is a factor in the majority of overdose deaths. Alcohol is also one of, if not the most, dangerous drug to detox from once someone has become physically dependent on it.

Similarly, when an addict is in recovery, relapsing on alcohol is just as bad as relapsing on their drug of choice. Thinking of alcohol as different from other drugs can be very dangerous.

Addiction Stereotypes: Addicts must hit bottom to recover

Many people think that in order to recover, an addict must reach a “bottom.” They must lose everything: their health, their homes, their relationships, even their freedom, before they will seek help. This is just not true. Many alcoholics and addicts don’t have to lose everything before they get help. They may still have jobs, homes, and families and instead reach what is known as an “emotional bottom.” They are compelled to make a change, even though to the outside, their lives have not been ruined by drugs. This is another way that people make addiction stereotypes. Not everyone who gets treatment is a homeless person, living under a bridge and stealing or prostituting themselves to get drugs. Likewise, a person could lose everything and still be unwilling to get help.

Addiction stereotypes are often a hindrance to people who want to get help, but sometimes they can also be useful. For example, if we can identify the groups of people who are most prone to addiction, we may be able to use early intervention techniques, like education, to prevent them from becoming addicts.

If your loved one is in need of alcohol or drug addiction treatment please give us a call at 800-507-7389.

If you need help with your addiction please call us at 800-507-7389.

Addiction and Emotional Immaturity

Addiction and Emotional Immaturity

Addiction and Emotional Immaturity

I once heard that an addict or alcoholic is stuck at the age that he or she began drinking and using drugs. So if you started drinking at 15, when you stop drinking you will have the emotional maturity of a 15-year old. I don’t know if this is an exact science, everyone is different, but there does seem to be some truth behind it. When an addict or alcoholic drinks and uses drugs, they are usually doing it to avoid dealing with life. It becomes the answer to all life’s problems: a way to numb themselves and ignore what is going on in their life. As a result, they don’t grow emotionally, and therefore don’t mature.

Addiction and Emotional Immaturity: Symptoms of Emotional Immaturity

– Find it hard to deal with the normal challenges of life and may turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms.

– Tend to suffer from more stress and develop stress-related health problems like high blood pressure.

– Struggle to develop meaningful, healthy relationships with other people. They can appear needy, overbearing, or distant and disconnected.

– May have low-self-esteem.

– Find it almost impossible to live in the present moment. Are either reliving the past or worrying about the future.

– Easily lose their temper at the slightest provocation

– Have unrealistically high expectations. Because of this, they are frequently disappointed.

– Can suffer from severe mood swings.

– Find it hard to control their own behavior.

Addiction and Emotional Immaturity: The Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on Emotion

Drugs make you feel good. That’s why most people take them. They induce a feeling of happiness, or euphoria. An addict or alcoholic uses drugs and alcohol to make them feel happy in a negative situation. It alters the negative cognitive state. Because of this, addicts and alcoholics never learn to deal with negative situations in any other way. They don’t learn healthy coping methods.

Also, drugs and alcohol numb a person to negative feelings. They may have difficult even recognizing their emotions, especially in early sobriety.

Addiction and Emotional Immaturity: The Dangers

Emotional immaturity can be a barrier to successful recovery. When people are emotionally immature, they are far more likely to relapse. This is because they do not have the tools they need to deal with problems. This type of person can be easily knocked off course by any challenge.

Also, an addict who is emotionally immature will not be able to form healthy relationships with other people. Without a strong support system, they will be much more likely to go back to using and drinking.

Addiction and emotional maturity are closely related, as is recovery and emotional maturity. To be truly successful in sobriety, a person must also develop “emotional sobriety.” This develops with experience and practicing new ways to react to situations and experiences. A person with emotional sobriety must let go of all addictions-including addictive behavior like unhealthy sexual compulsions and gambling, and face life on life’s terms. Developing emotional sobriety also means taking responsibility for one’s life and practicing spiritual principles in every aspect of their life.

 

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