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Addiction Therapy Slowed by Emotional Attack

Addiction Therapy and Struggling with Addiction - The Bergand Group

It’s obvious that working through addiction therapy can be massively difficult even with everyone surrounding you on your side.  Unfortunately, in many cases, the most influential “attack” comes from within; if you listen to your inner critic, or fear of emotion, then you’re likely to have even more trouble as you pursue are struggling with addiction.

You Can Be Your Biggest Enemy in Addiction Therapy

People of all situations can have difficulty with getting a handle on their emotions whether they’re struggling with addiction or not.  Often times it seems much, much easier to deny and block oneself from fear and self-loathing rather than embracing it, and this, unfortunately, can contribute to issues of substance abuse.  When a person more regularly opts to numb painful emotions rather than to work through them, however painful, he or she may too-often turn to drugs and alcohol, resulting in an addiction.

“We turn to addiction to escape pain, but the escape itself perpetuates our pain, and thus begins a dangerous spiral.”  It’s just as dangerous to have manipulative behaviors to “escape” before, during, or after addiction therapy, particularly considering that the last two are meant to be times of positive growth and recovery.  If the patient is still intensely critical of their progress within rehab, it will be all the more difficult to accept that change is possible and that they could reach sobriety and they may instead fall back into struggling with addiction.

Within addiction therapy, counselors and other professionals help to encourage resilience against the desire to numb uncomfortable emotions and teach healthy strategies to work through them.  They know that if a person chooses regular substance use over allowing oneself to experience emotions of all kinds, then he or she could become “emotionally immature and often, far less functional.”  This would obviously be unproductive within addiction therapy, and so treatment often includes varied programs and sessions to aid in this process of embracing the ups and downs that come throughout rehabilitation, and on a larger scale, life in general.

What are some of the dangers that come along with trying to isolate feelings this way, particularly during addiction therapy?  For one, it can prevent the kinds of growth that would be encouraged within and after rehab, such as establishing new, substance-free habits.  Managing those emotions is easier said than done, true, but it’s necessary for a complete transformation from a lifestyle of struggling with addiction.  Therapists are often equipped to deal with a huge variety of issues that could arise within addiction therapy as a result of their previous experiences, but you may feel unprepared and blindsided by the sometimes-debilitating array of negativity that batters you from within.

“Cultivating self-compassion and mindfulness is of great help in this process.”  Additionally, a thorough understanding of the people, places, and things that act as triggers for both negative  emotions and for temptations toward addiction will help.  Finally, forming relationships that are supportive of the recovery process and who voice positive words to overpower the negative ones within your own mind is an immense aid in the struggle against your inner critic within addiction therapy.  Though it’s hard to embrace pain and fear, discovering how you can more easily work these natural feelings into your recovery experience will only serve to benefit you.

If you are having issues coping with the many difficulties that come along with addiction and the addiction treatment process,  get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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