Emotional recovery is a part of recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Being emotionally recovered is essential to staying clean and sober.

You’re A Stress-ball: Everyone experiences stress and everyone handles stress a different way. You have to learn how to handle stress in a way that works for you. Not having the tools and knowledge about stress, what stress is, how you handle stress, is a sign of needing emotional recovery. Through your emotional recovery, you’ll learn how to not be stressed about everything, all the time, and develop the skills you need to manage your stress. Why is stress management important? Too much stress can trigger your old coping mechanisms, like relapsing to drug and alcohol use.

You Don’t Set Boundaries: Boundaries are the healthy lines we draw between ourselves and other people. When we don’t draw those lines, or they get a little blurry, it can cause us a lot of stress, a lot of emotional pain, and even lead to abuse. Learning to set healthy boundaries is part of emotional recovery.  You’ll learn to distinguish the line between yourself and another individual.

You Can’t Identify Your Feelings: There’s a reason they joke about handing out feeling charts in treatment. Drugs and alcohol numb their emotions. There isn’t a lot to identify when you are under the influence of mind altering substances. Most people don’t know what their feelings are called by the time they went to treatment. Emotional articulation is essential to emotional recovery. In order to process and understand your emotions you have to know what your emotions are.

You Live On Assumptions: Recovery is about open-mindedness. Assumptions shut your mind down and lock them into preconceived notions. Letting go of assumptions opens both your heart and your mind to the world, allowing in different perspectives than what you think is right or wrong. Addiction alters your perceptions and skews your way of making judgments.

Everything Triggers You: You react to everything because you don’t have an understanding as to what triggers are, how triggers work, and what triggers you. In reaction to triggers, you usually shut down entirely. Since you aren’t in touch with your emotional recovery yet, you aren’t sure how to react because you don’t know what or how to feel.

Nothing Upsets You: Problematically, your confused emotions about triggers lead you to be confused regarding appropriate emotional responses, like anger. Anger is a choice, as are all feelings, but anger can get confused in two ways. First, you can get angry about everything where anger is not due. Second, you don’t get angry at all. Anger is a natural, human response to injustice, threats, and other circumstances in life. Never getting or feeling angry is a warning sign that your emotional recovery needs more work.


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