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Why Emotional Sobriety is Vital in Addiction Recovery

There are several different sides when it comes to addressing addiction. Some have the concept that addiction is simply the heavy use of substances, but there is much more to it than that.  Of course, addressing the physical side of dependency is a vital necessity, as drugs and alcohol can produce extremely heavy dependencies. But, several other aspects need to be handled as well for the person actually to be able to achieve a life of long-term sobriety.  One of the most important factors that need to be addressed is the emotional side of the addiction. Emotions can play a significant role in both the development and continuation of a person’s addiction.  Once a person has detoxed and been able to achieve physical sobriety, there then comes the need to obtain emotional sobriety.

What is Emotional Sobriety?

There could be said to be several different meanings of emotional sobriety.  But at the end of the day, it comes down to being able to feel the feelings that one experiences.  Though, this holds the additional qualifier of being able to feel them without having to use substances to escape them or feel numb to them.  For those still struggling with the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, or those who are newly in recovery, this can seem like an impossible or extremely burdensome task.  While it can be complicated, and take quite some time to achieve, it most definitely is possible.

Achieving emotional sobriety can be extremely difficult, as feelings can be quite painful or overwhelming at times.  It can be very tempting to try and lock away these feelings or reach for a substance to numb them, but it is important to learn how to address them properly.

It can be tough to learn how to properly manage and handle emotions, as negative emotions can blindside a person out of nowhere, and they can have burdensome effects.  There are a couple of ways that people often try to handle their negative emotions:

  • Push Them Down – Some try to reject or block these feelings out quietly, but this often only provides temporary relief. When trying to ignore or block these feelings out, they can quickly surface at a later time, and even stronger in certain cases.
  • Learning to React and Manage – Another way is learning how to handle or respond to these emotions properly. A person can begin to find out how to do this by looking at different factors regarding them, such as, what does lashing out accomplish, what effects will reacting and not reacting produce, and how they could better redirect their energy.  These types of considerations can help a person sort through these feelings, and develop skill in handling them without becoming the effect of them.

How Best Drug Rehabilitation Can Help You Achieve Your Sobriety

Being that there are several sides to addiction, it can take comprehensive and individualized treatment to be able to address it adequately.  That is why here at Best Drug Rehabilitation, we customize each’s program.  We offer a multitude of different treatment options, which allows us to craft a unique program that covers all of the needs and wants of a person.  By having different treatment options, it helps us to address every factor and aspect of an individual’s addiction so that they have the best chance at achieving long sobriety.  Addiction is possible to overcome, and Best Drug Rehabilitation is here to help you or your loved one to do so.  Do not wait, give us a call today.

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