Many books and articles have been written about addiction and emotional pain. This includes those overwhelmed with sad feelings, shame, or fear around the various trauma and challenges people face in their lives. Emotional pain can sit inside the body and drive mental health issues, as well as addiction. With constant exposure to unaddressed pain, you may find that those feelings don’t go away and drive other behaviors that continue to cause stress and harm in your life. Dismissing it as just any old kind of pain without consequences demeans the reason for pain.
When people feel grief and struggle with disappointment, that can take a lot of time and energy away from recovery. Emotional grief and struggle can cause physical weakness for people. More commonly, people may feel drained or weak, like they are struggling to make it through the day. It may be that medication needs to be changed or adjusted. It may be that people who suffer from drug use or alcoholism struggle with mental health issues.
Feeling angry can come from grief or sadness, but it may come from trauma, also. Anger releases adrenaline, which increases tension in the body. When people ‘fight/flight/freeze,’ the anger creates long-term tension. If this is not released, this can end up exploding in rage or an outburst. Letting go of anger can be healthy for the body, but also for the mind.
Worries, fears, and anxieties can release adrenaline. This may result in jumpy feelings or a startling sense. For people to relax, it can take some time. Prescription medication may help, depending on if it is a symptom of an anxiety disorder or some other thing. Emotional pain and trauma can also cause anxiety, along with grief. Some anti-anxiety medication is addictive, so therapeutic support can be helpful in a dual diagnosis environment. Therapy can help teach coping strategies to cope with anxiety symptoms in a healthy way. Telling a doctor about alcohol or drug use may ensure a person is diagnosed and treated fairly.
When guilt or shame rise up, they can also attack the body physically and make it feel drained and exhausted. It is tiring going through loops and hoops all day. Most common among people with addiction and chronic pain is that shame worsens due to the need for secrecy and the inability to do things for yourself. Shame and guilt may also cause nausea and other stomach disruptions. People can develop autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, or other issues alongside emotional symptoms. The key is to figure out how to navigate it in a way that makes the most sense for you and help you find your pathway to recovery that works for you.
The Last Resort will focus on your individual recovery, including dual diagnosis support for treatment. Our goal is to help you heal. We have therapeutic support staff ready to help you find hope on the other side of addiction. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.