Friday, April 21, 2017

Don't Let Negative Feelings Hold You Back!

Letting go of the guilt and shame of addiction can be a tricky process. But beating yourself up for past wrongs is not healthy — nor is it good for long-term sobriety. Negative self-talk can hold you back and increase your risk of relapse.

Luckily, a few simple steps can help you own your past, focus on the positive and enjoy your new sober life – without letting pesky feelings about your past get in the way!

Try journaling. You likely did this as part of your rehab and there’s no reason to stop now. Journaling is easy and super therapeutic. Try it: The next time you feel regret about a past action or decision, write it down. This will make it easier to take responsibility and move on.

Take a deep breath. Focused breathing can help prevent your mind from becoming consumed by guilt, self-doubt or shame. So the next time you feel any of these negative emotions, stop and take a deep breath. Then, remind yourself of all of the good things you’ve done and how proud you should be of your hard-won sobriety.

Stick with group therapy. Group therapy is a great way to work through any fears or negative feelings and to feel supported in your new sober life.

Help someone else. Doing something nice for someone else is a surefire way to squash any negative feelings you have about yourself. So go ahead and buy a cup of coffee for your coworker or cook a special treat for your neighbor.

Help Yourself and Others at Haus Recovery
During your stay at the HAUS, we hope you take advantage of the mentorship offered, and in turn, benefit fellow residents with your personal recovery insights. In time, everyone grows in strength and empowerment as they share both doubts and successes. To learn more about our mentoring services, call today: 888-551-4715.

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