Recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol is an emotional whirlwind, especially in the beginning. For the first time in a long time, you are experiencing your true emotions without the assistance of drugs or alcohol. Your feelings are real, raw, strong, and at times painful and difficult to work through. Maintaining emotional stability while you learn to work with your thoughts and feelings is essential to avoiding a relapse. There are many things you can do to try to stay as even-keeled as possible and avoid going off the deep end!
Emotional Stability Requires Knowing What You Are Up Against
Like everything in recovery, emotional stability takes work. It takes consistency day in and day out. And that work begins the moment you decide to become sober. First things first, it is essential to get evaluated and determine whether or not you have an underlying mood disorder. Mood disorders include:
- Bipolar Disorder
Getting diagnosed with a mood disorder during drug or alcohol rehab is commonly called a dual diagnosis. Mood disorders can be a huge contributor to addiction, so if you have one it is essential that it gets addressed and treated by your rehab or doctor as soon as possible. Mood disorders can be treated with a combination of medication and lifestyle changes, like eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and exercising.
Managing Your Emotions for Long-Term Wellness
Once you know whether or not you have a mood disorder, you can work on your emotions accordingly. At all costs, you should avoid situations that may create an emotional uproar as much as you can. This is precisely why it is recommended to wait to get into a new relationship for a year after your sober date. This way, you have time to get stronger and independent.
Unfortunately, emotional situations cannot always be avoided. That is a fact of life. No one can predict the future, and sad and emotional things can happen when you least expect them to. For that reason, it is important to have a strong team of people and resources behind you to help you out when your emotional stability is at stake. You should definitely consider some form of long-term care. In rehab, you have around-the-clock support from doctors, nurses, therapists, and clinicians. After rehab, it is important to at least have a therapist you can visit and discuss things with to help you cope with situations as they arise.
There are other things you can do as well. Twelve-step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can provide a tremendous support system if they are used correctly. You can have the opportunity to speak about your situation during meetings, and network with other people who have been in your shoes.
On that same note, it is important to be vigilant about the kind of people you surround yourself with. If your friend’s lives are filled with drama and chaos, yours will be as well. Try to stick to people who have a year or more in recovery, because they have more experience and can offer healthy support.
Don’t Suppress Your Feelings
Of course, you can have all the right people around you, regularly visit your therapist, and do everything right – but choose not to say anything when you need help. It is important to always talk things out and sort out your feelings. Otherwise, things will come to a head and eventually explode. Unfortunately for addicts in recovery, this kind of situation can often lead to a relapse.
It is important to lead an overall healthy lifestyle in order to have emotional stability. This will help you feel strong, grounded, and confident – all of which are key components to keeping it together. It will also help with your recovery, as your body and mind are on the mend. A healthy lifestyle means living a life full of balance, by making sure that you eat well, get plenty of exercise and sleep, follow doctor’s orders with regard to medication, and stay far away from drugs and alcohol. By combining healthy habits with the right support system, you will be well on your way to a stable and happy life. It is all about making the right choices from day to day, and continuing to focus on the future! If you want help getting sober in a place that can assist you in developing the skills necessary to achieve emotional stability, contact Willow Place for Women today at 1-888-651-4212.