The struggle is real for so many people. For some, it is like they struggle every single day. This is what addiction means; life in the struggle can feel hard to overcome. Emotionally, people get tied into addiction but also a mindset that they struggle now, and will continue to struggle, in spite of circumstances shifting in recovery. Internal emotional denial about the opportunity for change can keep people stuck where they are without ever realizing their fullest potential. Find out if you struggle with the struggle and learn some tips to step out of the loop.
Everybody has that ‘space junk,’ the emotional stuff that takes up real estate in your head and refuses to move out. Basically, a blend of chemicals in the brain along with emotions mix together for a tricky cocktail that can lead to devastating consequences. Negative emotions produce stress hormones that impact the body and create cravings, like a drug. Even if you don’t intentionally motivate yourself to negative thoughts, it can happen because you’ve been ‘on loop’ for so long, it is hard to think differently when the brain chemistry and emotions are all jumbled. To create positive flow and energy takes more work than you might have right now, and that’s okay. It takes time to form an addiction, it takes time to recover, including those tricky thoughts.
Rehab is not as easy as it looks, but it is not as hard, either. It requires consistency over time. The ultimate process works in this way:
- Letting go of denial to accept a problem exists to move forward
- Decide how to get life back to a new level of normalcy
- Check yourself and your emotions to stay focused on recovery without feeling triggered all the time
- Work on emotional thoughts and behaviors to navigate a positive focus
- Prepare to feel difficult emotions but not let it take down recovery
Coping with negative emotions is one of the hardest parts of recovery. It can feel like jousting at windmills, but frustration, judgment, anxiety, and other emotions are part of the human condition. It may be the reason you or your loved one struggled with addiction. Once the underlying emotions are dealt with, it is often easier to navigate recovery. It will never be a walk in the park, but it can be easier to thrive in recovery when your attitude is focused on the positive as much as possible.
The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. We believe in the power of teaching people how to live in solidarity with their loved ones in recovery and find healing in recovery. If you are struggling, we can help you find positive energy and healing thoughts for the journey. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.