This year, even more than others, as a global population, we’re dealing with grief and loss more than ever. With the current pandemic, death rates are rising. Even if you haven’t personally lost someone to the COVID-19 virus, you know someone who has.
As an individual in living with substance abuse disorder and/or recovering from one, it’s important to address grief and loss as it affects your recovery efforts. This way, you can gain the skills and knowledge needed for healing on your grief and loss journey. And, to retain your sobriety and recovery goals.
In this article, we’ll discuss how grief and loss play a part in addiction and recovery. And, how to deal with grief and loss as a person in recovery or a person who wants to gain sobriety in the upcoming future.
The Dangers of Dealing with Grief and Loss as an Addict
Grief and loss is something that everyone eventually deals with during their lifetimes. But, for people who are addicts, living in recovery, dealing with grief and loss can be a relapse trigger. Additionally, for people who may be at risk for developing substance abuse disorder, grief and loss can lead to the development of substance dependence and addiction.
Often, grief and loss come with a number of negative emotions which can be challenging to manage. Not to mention, dealing with grief and loss often ties hand-in-hand with isolation and avoidance behaviors, which can increase the negative emotions that grief brings about even more. To deal with these emotions, it’s common for individuals dealing with grief and loss to attempt to self medicate using drugs or alcohol. Thus, leading to the slippery cycle of drug abuse and eventual development of physical dependence.
Therefore, whether you’re a person already in recovery or a person who may be more at risk for developing addiction, dealing with the negative emotions that come with grief and shame are important. Fortunately, professional help can assist individuals living with addiction who experience grief and loss. This way, individuals can protect their sobriety and gain the skills needed to overcome grief and move forward with their lives.
Grief and Loss Can Also Help Identify Other Issues
Dealing with grief and loss can be especially debilitating for individuals who have dealt with previous trauma (like other losses). And, for people with undiagnosed mental health issues. In these situations, it’s common that individuals may not know that their response to loss may be in coordination with a previous loss or mental health condition. But, professional help can help to identify correct diagnosis and establish helpful treatment to address these issues. And, give these individuals the tools to both accept and process their grief.
Need Help Dealing With Grief and Loss?
Are you in recovery and have recently lost a loved one? Is dealing with grief and loss taking over your life? Professional help is available to address and identify issues you may not know are affecting the grieving process. And, give you the tools to protect your sobriety during this challenging time.
Willow Place for Women is a mental health treatment facility in Asheville, North Carolina. We help women living with substance abuse, eating disorders, and trauma. We offer a number of mental health services to assist women dealing with a number of issues, including grief and loss. To learn more about how we can help, contact us today on our website or call 1-888-651-4212.