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Seeking Serenity? Here’s How to Stay Positive and Guilt-Free While in Addiction Recovery
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Addiction recovery is tough. The journey to sobriety triggers difficult thoughts and emotions. There are feelings of shame and guilt over past behaviors. There are feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. You might struggle to forgive yourself and others. You might even wonder whether God (or your Higher Power) has outcasted you.
Luckily, addiction doesn’t have to be the end of the road for you. There are many ways to maintain a positive mindset. That way, you can move beyond those dark feelings and regain your happiness and your life. Here are some tips and techniques for keeping a positive mindset and reducing feelings of guilt and shame if you’re in addiction recovery:
Read Spiritual and Self-Help Books. Your faith can actually benefit your mental and emotional health while also helping you recover from addiction. According to one study, “The more religious a person was, the fewer depressive symptoms they experienced.” Research shows attending church, practicing a religion, and/or having faith in God or a Higher Power can calm the mind by reducing stress and anxiety. By regularly reading faith-based, life-affirming books, you can maintain a healthy, positive mindset, which is crucial to healing and recovery.
Create Your Own Daily Ritual. Rituals, such as a daily yoga practice, prayer, religious singing, and even meditation can all create positive physiological changes. These practices can lower blood pressure and heart rate, boost the immune system, and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It’s no wonder that spirituality helps those in recovery learn to better navigate triggers, reduce cravings, and stay on a healthy, sober path!
Let Go and Let God. As they say in AA meetings, recovery involves surrendering your need to control your life, your circumstances, and those around you. Surrender might start with a daily prayer or meditation. It could begin at church. It involves letting go and knowing God will handle it for you.
If you’re clinging to guilt, shame, or negativity, you might write a letter to God, combining two profoundly healing practices: writing and religion. In your letter, specifically state what you would like to be forgiven or what you would like to be relieved of. Speak from your heart and remember: this is an honest, private conversation between yourself and God.
Talk to a Trained Professional. Getting to the root of your addiction will be a confusing and emotional experience, but understanding your substance abuse completely is an important step in conquering it. One way to do this is by talking to a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or professional therapist who specializes in addiction recovery. Depending upon your level of addiction, another option might be to stay longer-term at an addiction rehabilitation facility. Additionally, marriage and/or family counseling can help facilitate healthy conversations with your loved ones and pave the way for stronger relationships.
The techniques listed above are powerful, even if you’re not in addiction recovery. Of course, for those who are currently recovering from addiction or alcoholism, this advice will really hit home. As you journey out of the woods of addiction and into the light of recovery, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. It can literally mean the difference between life and death when it comes to addiction recovery. Above all else, be patient with yourself; you are building a healthier, happier way of living.
Thank you again to Michelle for providing such a beautiful peace ❤
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