How To Deal With A Loss Without Turning To Substance Abuse

When we lose someone or something, whether it’s a job or a loved one or a near and dear relationship to us during recovery, it can be not easy and may even trigger the urge to turn to drugs and alcohol to cope. Using a mind-altering substance may feel like the only way to escape the pain, but there are other ways to get through difficult and challenging times.

What To You Do When You’re Faced With Loss And Disappointments

Disappointments in life and losses are going to happen. However, they can be especially difficult for individuals who are in recovery. If you turn to drugs and alcohol to relieve the pain, this will only undo all the hard work you put into your recovery process.

Please use what you have learned and do some of the things that I’m going to recommend today. Continue going to your support groups and your sessions and your meetings. This will only help you cope with your situation and give you the support you need. Call a sponsor or a friend from that support group because they’re there to help you. They are willing to help you through whatever difficult times you may be facing. Avoid letting yourself be exposed to triggering situations, avoid people, avoid places that will make you relapse. Get active, start exercising. That’s a great way to escape. Plus, if you start exercising at least a couple of times a week, this will alter your mood. Start spending time with others. Don’t isolate yourself and have a pity party. This will only make your situation feel worse. Spending time with others is actually great therapy, and it will help you get your mind off of your loss and help with your healing process. Decide to cope with your loss, whatever that loss was, healthily.

What If You Relapse?

You use to rely on drugs and alcohol to deal with life, but that’s not the case anymore. That was your coping mechanism. Now you’re trying to reprogram your behavior, so you can heal in a way in which you can avoid relapse. If you happen to relapse, I want you to seek help as soon as possible. You don’t want to restart the cycle of long-term addiction. Remember, you’re not alone, and help is available.

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