Recovery is a journey, not a destination. The beginning of this journey can seem confusing or scary, but eventually, the storm clears out, and you will begin to see the sun. Some people even have a short period that they describe as a “pink cloud” when everything feels better, and life seems fantastic. Other people may face ups and downs as they begin to live life as a clean and sober human being. These are everyday experiences and having a support network will help you cope with them.
Here are 4 of the issues you or a loved one might face in early recovery:
- Fears of relapse. Many people fear relapse, which is natural because there is so much at stake. The good news is that you don’t want to use, even if your brain is trying to trick you into using. Fear of relapse is real, however, and it’s essential to build a support network that you can reach out to when you’re feeling bad or feel like using. 12 step meetings are a perfect place to go when you’re feeling this way.
- Low self-esteem. You may have shame or feel like you’re not good enough. This is normal, too. However, if you’re obsessed with body image or wake up depressed every day, it’s important to be screened for a mental health disorder.
- Hormonal changes. Your body changed while you were using, and it will adjust again once you’re getting clean. This may cause physical changes like acne. You may also have mood swings. Seeing a doctor is a regular part of self-care, and any problems that you face physically can be brought up when you have an appointment. Take care of your body.
- Relationships. There is a real reason that people in early recovery are warned away from them. Getting into a relationship adds all kinds of drama into the mix of your life, and takes the focus off of yourself. You need to develop a kind and loving relationship with yourself before you get into any new relationships.
These are just four worries that people have in early recovery. Stay in close contact with your recovery network, and find a sponsor at a 12-step meeting that can help you get through the roadblocks.
Things may seem scary at times, but as you put more time in between yourself and your last drink or drug, things get easier, and you’ll be able to use the tools at your disposal.
Are you ready to get clean and start a new way of life? The first step is reaching out. We can answer your questions and help you plan the first steps of your journey. Please give us a call at 1-800-970-8774.