Recovery is a roller coaster of emotions – from frustration to fear to anger to guilt. While it’s certainly not easy, taking control of these oft-misunderstood emotions is essential for lasting sobriety. Alcohol and drug addiction can numb your emotions and they may even feel more intense once you get sober. Part of recovery is learning how to manage those feelings without relapsing. Here are a few healthy ways to better cope with and release any feelings felt during recovery.
- Talk about it. Whether it’s a parent, aunt or uncle, guidance counselor or sponsor, seek out someone you trust to be your sounding board.
- Start a journal. Writing down your thoughts and emotions can help you figure out what you’re feeling and why – and then help you let it all go. Try it: Take just 15 minutes per day and write freely, without censoring yourself.
- Tap into your creative side. Creativity is a great way to work out your feelings. Choose something you enjoy or try something new, whether writing poetry, painting, playing an instrument, singing or dancing.
- Take a long breath in. And now breathe out for the count of five. Repeat. This type of deep breathing can help you quell any negative feelings.
- Practice meditation. Meditating is gaining more and more ground when it comes to mental health. It’s a simple technique and it’s super powerful for moving through “stuck” feelings into a place of healing.
- Let it out. Feeling your emotions fully can certainly help you feel better in the short-term, so go ahead and have a good cry once in a while.
Finding Emotional Support at Red Oak
Our serene campuses provide a place where our clients can step away from the distractions of daily life and focus on inward reflection. There are many paths we take for emotional healing and spiritual growth. To learn more, call 866.457.7426.