How to fight emotional triggers in recovery

How to fight emotional triggers in recovery

Triggers are specific memories, behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and situations that jeopardize recovery. Triggers are signals you are entering a stage that brings you closer to a relapse. Triggers are the stimuli, the people, places, situations, emotional states, thoughts, etc. that can “trigger” an ingrained ritualistic response which in most cases is to get high. Learning to identify relapse triggers and especially the emotional intensity that they invoke can be an effective tool in how to fight emotional triggers in recovery.

If you really want to know how to fight emotional triggers in recovery then the best place you can start is by learning what they are. For instance, deep sadness or extreme excitement might be emotional states that trigger you. If you know those are your emotional triggers in recovery then you can begin to fight against them.

Once you know what your emotional triggers in recovery are you can then begin to set in a place a plan of action for yourself. A plan of action for fighting emotional triggers in recovery can consist of multiple different things. For instance say an emotional trigger in recovery for you is excitement. If you begin to feel that excitement and it makes you think about using you can have a plan that first consist of calling a sober support, second doing something to get your mind off of it. No matter what it is that you use to fight emotional triggers in recovery make sure that you are taking action. Change your state.

A good way to fight emotional triggers in recovery is to go for a run when you begin thinking about using. You could also choose to turn on some music and dance your heart out. You can go workout at the gym. You can go for a bike ride. You can meditate. You can read a book. You can really do whatever it is that works for you to fight emotional triggers in recovery as long as it’s something different than what you would normally do. A lot of the times when addicts and alcoholics feel emotionally triggered in recovery they don’t know why they are thinking about using and they have no idea what to do instead of go and get high. This can lead to relapse without the proper identification of what is going on and what to do when it happens.

This is why identifying what triggers you emotionally and then making a plan of action for yourself when emotional triggers pop up is the best way to fight emotional triggers in recovery. It is not easy to fight emotional triggers in recovery in fact addicts and alcoholics are hardwired to use in certain instances that’s why its good to have a plan in place before you are ever get triggered. Once you are able to implement your plan to fight emotional triggers in recovery multiple times it will get easier to ward off. If you make a habit of fighting your emotional triggers in recovery eventually it won’t be so difficult and then you may even find you aren’t triggered by the emotional states at all now.

 

 

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Q&A: I’m feeling depressed. What should I do?

Depression

Depression is draining; it drains your energy, hope and drive and this can make it difficult to do what you need to do to feel better. While overcoming feeling depressed isn’t quick or easy it can be done. The key to doing something about feeling depressed is to start small and build from there. Feeling better always takes time but you can begin to feel better if you make positive choices for yourself each day.

If you are feeling depressed and wondering what you should do remember this: Recovering from depressing requires action but taking action when you are in your depression is hard but the things that help the most are the most difficult to do. But if you can do those things you will begin to feel better and you will slowly stop feeling depressed.

Reach out to others:

Isolation and loneliness are one of the things that can make you feel more depressed. That is why one of the things you can do if you are feeling depressed is to reach out to other people. For instance you can turn to trusted friends and family members by sharing what you are going through. Also try to keep up with social activities even if you really don’t feel like it. Often when you are feeling depressed it feels more comfortable to retreat into your home but being around other people will make you feel less depressed. Another thing you can do if you are feeling depressed is join a support group for depression. Being with other people who are dealing with depression can go a long way in helping with your depression.

Challenge your negative thoughts:

Depression can put a negative rain cloud over everything including your thoughts. The trick if you are feeling depressed is to replace the negative thoughts with balanced thoughts. Here are some ways to challenge negative thoughts:

  • It’s ok to be less than perfect: Many depressed people are perfectionists and they hold themselves to impossible and unattainable standards then beat themselves up when they don’t meet those standards. Challenge this. It is ok to not be perfect.
  • Talk to positive people: Pay attention to people who are always managing to look on the bright side of things and how they deal with challenges even minor ones like being stuck in traffic. Then look at how you would react in the same situation. Change your reaction next time. Try to adapt their positivity.

Take care of yourself:

If you are feeling depressed one of the best ways to overcome it is to take care of yourself. This means learning to manage stress, setting limits for yourself, having healthy habits and adding activities to your day.

  • Try to get enough sleep- Depression usually comes along with sleep problems. Get on a better sleep schedule.
  • Get some sunlight- Lack of sunlight can make depression worse so getting enough sunlight is really important. Drink your coffee in the sunlight or enjoy a meal outside. Maybe go to the park and just people watch.
  • Practice relaxation techniques-A daily practice such as prayer or meditation or even yoga can really help to relieve depression. These techniques can reduce stress and enhance feelings of happiness and well-being.
  • Get a pet-Nothing can replace human connection but pets can bring happiness and love into your life and help with feelings of isolation. Caring for a pet can also get you to think outside of yourself and give you a feeling of being needed. All of this is a great way to combat feelings of depression.

If you are feeling depressed of course it is always best to see a doctor about your symptoms and they can either refer you to some kind of counseling or recommend medication if they find it is necessary but part of combating depression is always going to be lifestyle changes. Get back to doing what you love to do!

Source: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/depression_tips.htm

 

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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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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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Arrogance in Recovery

Kanye West

Arrogance in any capacity is not an attractive quality in fact it may be one of the least attractive personality traits a person can have. People who are arrogant have overbearing attitudes, are difficult to be around, and quite frankly don’t make you feel too good about yourself. An arrogant person’s behavior can cause upset friends and family. People who have addictions and alcoholism more often than not develop an arrogant attitude. Arrogance keeps them from getting help for their problems and it can lead to even more problems if they do manage to get help and stay clean. Arrogance in recovery is almost worse than arrogance in addiction because it can lead straight back to negative thinking, negative acting and even getting high or drinking again.

Arrogance is defined as an offensive display of superiority or self-importance. Arrogance is an attitude or feeling of better or superior to someone, so much so, that it is overbearing. Arrogant behavior is rarely seen in a positive way.

So why do people act arrogant?

  • Arrogance in recovery is most commonly the tell-tale sign that the person has very low self-esteem. Arrogance in recovery allows a person to hide their own lack of self-worth by covering it up with fake superiority. An arrogant person would show off their possessions, achievements, etc. in order to convince someone else of how good they are or how much better than them they are.
  • Some people use arrogance in recovery as a defense mechanism. This is due to not wanting to show any vulnerability in front of the other person because they think they might get hurt. People who have a fear of intimacy usually will act arrogant because it keeps people from getting close.
  • Some people are arrogant because they have an actual condition known as narcissistic personality disorder. This disorder is one where the person is so obsessed with themselves that it is now a pathology. Someone with this disorder will be vain, egotistical, and arrogant.
  • Some individuals just don’t communicate well and they may appear arrogant but are not trying to.

So how do you overcome arrogance in recovery?

  • Learn to be humble. Humility doesn’t mean thinking less of yourself or becoming weak. It means owning up to the fact that you are human and you have flaws. Nobody is perfect and the humble person is honest about that. It takes a lot of strength and courage actually to show humility as opposed to fear based arrogance.
  • Meditation is a great way for people who are struggling with arrogance in recovery to have a deeper understanding of the way their mind works. This means that people who are arrogant can become better at spotting their negative thoughts and actions or behaviors like arrogance.
  • Spending time thinking about other people is a great way to overcome arrogance in recovery. If anyone is arrogant it is because they are worried about their own image, concerned with themselves, whatever it is it is all about them that make them arrogant. Focusing on other people stops arrogance in its tracks by taking the focus off their own life.
  • People who actually value themselves don’t need to convince other people of their worth, they will just be comfortable with who they are. Anything that helps someone increase their self-esteem can help them with arrogance in recovery.

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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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