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Is My Recovery Journey My New Normal?

Coming to terms with a new normal can be a difficult thing. For those of us in recovery, we must come to terms with our new normal journey. Depending on your recovery, as each one is unique, you might be avoiding things you used to use, like drugs or alcohol. This is no doubt very difficult, but Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help. We can help make your recovery journey as tranquil as possible. There are going to be difficulties, of course, but we can help you navigate those difficulties and help you move past them, keeping you safe and on your recovery journey. Continue reading to learn more!  

“My New Normal” by Verity Gough

Verity Gough, author of “My new normal” for In The Moment magazine discusses how mindfulness helped her through a brain injury. This brain injury was sudden and unexpected. She was left to pick up the pieces, saying, “I’d always thought of myself as a happy-go-lucky optimist but now I was either crying uncontrollably or consumed by feelings of rage, resentment, and self-pity.” This is the reality for many people who are in a new situation, whether it be after an injury or decided to go into recovery.   

How Can I Get Through This Tough Time?

It’s a difficult time for these people, but there are ways to get through it. For Gough, she discovered Acceptant and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This type of therapy was life-changing for her. “Through our sessions, we learned how to use mindfulness as ways of quieting these voices that allowed negative feelings to take over and sabotage recovery,” explains Gough. “While meeting the other group members was daunting, sharing our common worries helped me to see that I wasn’t alone in this.” This is why we at Arbor Behavioral Healthcare offer group sessions. We know that you can learn from your peers around you who are also in recovery.   

Coming to Terms

Coming to terms with your illness and the fact that you need help can be daunting. It’s an extremely difficult thing that pops up as a roadblock for many that are suffering. You must, however, come to terms with your illness and that you need help. This is the only way you can move forward. For Gough, she was able to accept her recovery through mindfulness. “Mindfulness has helped me to appreciate the simple things in life and how to come to terms with what has happened to me. I’m able to relax more by using the breathing techniques we learned, I can avoid letting stress take over in certain situations.”  

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare will help give you the tools you need to come to terms with your recovery and move forward. We can help you. Give us a call at 844-413-2690. We can’t wait to hear from you today!