Recovery and Feeling Happy
The early days of recovery is often not a pleasant experience.
It is not full of rainbows and sunshine.
For many addicts, rehab is difficult and painful.
Drugs were a way to experience moments of happiness.
Finding joy in life without using drugs mat seems to be impossible in the early stages of recovery.
Your brain is going through many changes that make you feel out of sorts.
This is because drugs hijack your brain.
When you are addicted to drugs, the delicate balance of neurotransmitters that cause you to feel joy and happiness is disrupted.
Happiness may not come to you easy, however, you can find joy in your life during and after recovery.
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Nobody truly wants to feel angry, sad, or depressed.
However, to feel happiness, you have to experience the full spectrum of emotions.
Those with substance use disorders mask and avoid these emotions by drinking or using drugs.
Long-term substance use disorders change the way your brain can handle your emotions.
Newly recovering addicts may find it difficult to process and determine the emotions they experience.
Learning how to identify and express your emotions is a key part of recovery.
When you can identify all your feeling and emotions you can find joy in recovery.
Processing emotions support long-term recovery and feeling happiness.
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Happiness is an elusive state. It is often difficult to define and not a constant emotional state. You don’t just wake up happy one day and stay there indefinitely. Like recovery, finding happiness is a journey. You will have to dig down deep to find these moments. It takes small changes in the way you think and approaches life. When you can find the silver lining both during and after rehab you will find joy. Don’t fall into the trap of delaying your happiness. Some people think they will be happy after they complete a goal. True, but there is happiness in the whole process, not just at the end. You can even find happiness in the darkest moments.
The Weight of Negative Emotions
Negative emotions like anger and fear promote avoidance or defensive behaviors. Resurgence Behavioral Health support team can help you confront these patterns and teach you new ways to cope. Years of addiction can negatively impact the reward pathways in your brain, it will take time to recover. Unresolved emotions need to be identified. Only by releasing your fears, anxiety, anger, frustrations, sadness, guilt, and shame that you carry will you be able to create a new space to realize your full potential. You can find peace and joy again in your life by clearing your mind and heart through processing and letting go of your pain.
Neurology of Joy
You don’t have to wait for happiness to come to you, rather you can create it yourself. A huge role in recovery is gratitude. Addiction treatment gives you a second chance at life. You get to experience life again sober. You can set new goals. You can rebuild relationships and trust with your loved ones. These amazing experiences will help you focus on all the positives of recovery. When you can look on the bright side of recovery, the not so good parts won’t seem so difficult.
Inviting Happiness into Your Life
Substance abuse is a damaging disease that takes a destructive toll, on your life and the lives of those around you. The consequences may make it hard to recover and find happiness. There are many things that you can do to help you feel more positive during recovery. Counselors and support staff at Resurgence Behavioral Health can help you discover the little joys that can help you feel happy.
Think Positive and Be Positive
Positive emotions will improve your chances of reaching long-term recovery. When you think positively, you can help yourself be a happier person. Recovery is not easy. There are many ups and downs. Working through the negative emotions to get through to the other side to find the joy in recovery. When you are addicted your whole life become out of whack. Your sole focus is on your addiction, and everything else doesn’t seem to matter. This includes your physical health, interpersonal relationships, spirituality, career, and goals. When life is out of balance it makes it difficult to experience joy. Finding a balance in your life invites happiness.
Live in the moment
The first year of sobriety is the most difficult. When you make it past the first year of recovery, your chances of staying sober increase. Be realistic in your expectations of yourself. Now that life is no longer dedicated to the acquisition of drugs you may have a hard time living in the moment. Living in the moment means that we don’t get caught in the past or the future. You can’t alter the past or predict the future but you can take charge of the moment you’re in. Don’t dwell on the things you cannot change, but focus on the things that you can.
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Time is on Your Side
When you stop focusing your time and energy on acquiring, using, and thinking about drugs, you’ll discover you have a lot of time on your hands. This is the best part of recovery, filling in the extra time. Live in the moment by undertaking a new experience. Build up trust and respect through volunteering in the community. Join a book club. Create your cookbook or delicious recipes. Think about all the positive things you can do to enhance your life. All these activities will bring moments of happiness.
Finding the Joy in Recovery
People say detoxing is the hardest part of recovery. Withdrawal sucks, but it is only temporary. The truth is recovery is the hard part. Learning to make positive choices when you are having a hard time isn’t easy. This is where you must dig deep inside yourself to find the joy at the moment. The greatest part of recovery is the ability to plan for the future. Setting goals provides a dose of happiness every day. Even if your goal is simple as brushing your teeth, or counting the days of recovery.
Reach out for Support
Recovery is never accomplished in isolation. Knowing that you are not alone in the recovery struggle conveys a sense of validation and support. One of the first things you can do to find happiness in recovery is helping others who struggle. When you reach out to help a fellow addict you not only increase your chances of staying sober but you positively impact another struggling addict. Getting your story out helps promote sobriety. When you seem like you cannot move forward, reaching out for help can allow you to confront your own emotions. Sponsors, therapists, and counselors can all help you feel a sense of happiness and enjoyment in sobriety.
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Addiction is a disease without a cure.
Nevertheless, there are steps that you can take to stop the progression in its tracks.
The first step is to reach out to a Rehab facility.
Behavioral Health offers comprehensive care.
Every client is provided with a unique treatment plan.
Recovery isn’t one size fits all. Everyone has their own story to tell, and treatment at Resurgence reflects this.
This is why we blend holistic and modern practices in every treatment plan.
Being happy in recovery means limiting your exposure to stressors.
We provide you luxury like amenities that provide you with a stress-free and inviting atmosphere.
Resurgence Behavioral Health accepts major insurance carriers.
We offer an online insurance verification tool that can get you started today.
If you have any questions caring staff is waiting to take your call.