There are going to be times in your recovery that you want to go back to using substances. It isn’t always going to be an easy road. You may be in a situation where you are triggered by a person or place to use the substance you’ve been avoiding. It’s important to know, however, that you are going to cope in healthy ways. The Arbor wants to help give you the tools to channel your inner strength.
Take Care of Yourself
Coping with triggers can be difficult, especially when these triggers come out when you least expect them. Having the tools is important, but being able to implement them in difficult moments is what matters. Taking care of yourself isn’t just about putting on a facemask and sitting in the bath. Taking care of yourself means that you will not tolerate negative self-talk. You will practice the skills you’ve learned to reframe your thoughts. You will do a healthy activity to take your mind off of using the substance. Taking care of yourself isn’t just about caring for yourself when you’re in a difficult moment, either. It means practicing things that will strengthen your inner being on a daily basis. This may include meditating, exercising, or recharging in your own way. Whatever your method, take care of yourself.
Feel Your Feelings
Many people struggle because they push their deep feelings down so that they don’t have to deal with them. What they don’t realize, however, is that these feelings cannot stay hidden forever. They will pop up in worse ways than you intentioned. If you’re having difficulties with deep emotions, give yourself permission to feel them. Work through them in a healthy way so that you aren’t forced to deal with them later.
Don’t Stay Comfortable
Everyone’s comfort zone looks different. If you want to channel your inner strength, encourage yourself to step outside your comfort zone every once in a while. This helps you prove to yourself that you can get through challenging, new experiences. That is strength.
Control What You Can
Much of anxiety is rooted in control. Unfortunately, there are always going to be things that you cannot control. Stay focused on what you can control and let go of the rest. Take action where you can and remind yourself that you’re doing the best that you can.
Many people are afraid to reach out for help when they so desperately need it. If you are struggling with your sobriety, reach out to your support system when you need it. There is no shame in doing so. You aren’t weak for asking for help. True inner strength is asking for help when you know you cannot do something on your own.
The Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you channel your inner strength in your recovery. Call us today at (844) 413-2690. We can’t wait to speak with you and get you the help you need!