Emotions are complicated psychological conditions, which cut across culture and nationality. Some of these include anger, fear, sadness, disgust, happiness, surprise, satisfaction, shame, embarrassment, contempt, etc. The question is how do different people handle these emotions? Do they express them freely or do they try to suppress them?
Addiction recovery is a situation when you realize the need to change your lifestyle and have better plans for your future than just wasting your time in alcohol or drugs. The process of addiction recovery needs support, time and inner motivation; hence its connected with emotions. How does the single factor of ‘emotions’ affect your addiction recovery?
A lot of us have grown up to know that men should not publicly express some of their emotions as the society might consider them to be weak. As a result of this, they just go on killing their feelings. In addiction recovery process, keeping your inner responses curbed is not only unhealthy for you, but it can further complicate the situation. Do you know that there were some emotional situations that have driven you into your present state of drug addiction for which you are seeking recovery? If you don’t face reality and come to terms with it by identifying such emotional challenges, you cannot successfully recover. Irrespective of your desire to be free from the substance addiction, without the inner drive or force to be sincere with yourself, you will not be able to get out of it. This is why drug addicts are advised to be honest with themselves.
In a more specific sense, do you know that the process of addiction recovery is characterized with emotions? Have you thought about the feeling of loneliness and isolation associated with your decision to turn over a new leaf? What happens when you remember your past; time wasted in alcohol, your reaction to siblings and frustrated parents? Can you put all that aside and think the recovery is just a decision that will take its natural course? No. You have to realize that all these are emotionally capable of affecting the entire process of your new decision. The truth here is you’ve got to admit the complexity of the whole process in relation to your emotions. A lot of people like you have struggled with this reality.
Escaping your emotions is dangerous for the recovery process because if you are unable to express your negative emotions, it will be difficult for you to express the positive ones. Successful change is hinged on your ability to discover and express joy. How will you be able to do that if you practice emotional escapism? Look at the price you have paid getting addicted to alcohol because of the numbed feelings. Don’t go that way again. Now that you have decided to have a change of lifestyle, reawaken your emotions and be more expressive. It is a gradual process; learn to share and express your feelings to a confidant. He or she, in turn, will support you and further help you.
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