Coping with the Past and Overcoming Drug Addiction
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“Your past will come back to haunt you,” it’s a phrase that so many addicts remember and equally regret having ever heard and yet as sobriety looms near so too do memories of the past. Drug addiction creates a chaotic atmosphere that is plagued by arrests, fighting with friends, family and loved ones, and hundreds if not thousands of steep climbs and steady drops along the emotional roller coaster known as the life of a drug addict. So, once you have made up your mind and decided that recovery from drug addiction is the best choice, how do you begin to cope with the past and overcome all those negative experiences that were once a part of your drug addicted life?
Strong Coping Mechanisms – A Learning Process
It’s important to learn new ways (positive ways) of coping with your past. This may be the past experiences that caused the drug addiction to begin with or this may include coping with the terrible things you did as a result of drug addiction. Luckily, you can learn new coping mechanisms that are positive and that do not revolve around “blocking” or “numbing” the brain with drugs and alcohol in order to deal with the past.
Tough memories don’t have to haunt you. Recovering drug addicts can effectively cope with their addiction and the haunting memories of their past by making small lifestyle changes that go a long way when it comes to coping with the past. For instance, getting a good night’s sleep, eating well and communicating with friends, family and loved ones can help both emotionally and physically so that you can better cope with the reality of the past. Additionally, developing a positive and solid routine that you stick to can alleviate some of the once “spare” time you have to improperly cope with or deal with the past.
Talking – The Most Important Coping Skill of All
No matter how painful it may be to talk about certain past experiences, one of the best ways to cope with the past is to “get it all out on the table.” This means talking to someone about your past and not keeping your emotions bundled up inside. Hiding your feelings can cause absolute disruption in your life so it’s important to talk to someone about the way you feel.
You may find that talking to a friend works well or it may be more productive to speak with a therapist such as a psychologist or psychiatrist. These specialists can also teach you additional ways of coping with your past and with your painful memories in a positive manner. Coping with painful memories is essential to recovery from drug addiction. Although your personal past may be negative and you may not want to cope with the feelings associated with the past, doing so can help to eliminate the possibility of future drug use or relapse from drug addiction recovery.
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