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The Emotional Roller Coaster of Early Recovery

The Emotional Roller Coaster of Early Recovery

What Causes the Roller Coaster of Emotions in Early Recovery?

Recovering from just about any health condition involves some ups and downs, but when it comes to addiction recovery, the highs and lows can feel like you’re riding an emotional roller coaster, especially in the early stages of recovery. Emotional ups and downs can leave a person feeling unstable. While this is often a normal part of the recovery process, it’s still extremely important to try to manage your emotions so they don’t lead your recovery off the rails. 

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Resurgence Behavioral Health is among the leading addiction treatment centers that offer a complete spectrum of care. We support clients through medical detox, inpatient treatment, and outpatient treatment. Because the roller coaster of addiction recovery can sometimes take unexpected twists and turns well after a person has completed their rehab treatment plans, we also offer aftercare programming to help clients protect their recovery progress and continue to manage their condition successfully.

People often equate the early days of addiction recovery with the medical detox process–something that’s very physical. However, the withdrawal symptoms associated with the detox process aren’t just physical; there can be psychological withdrawal symptoms like depression and anxiety too. These symptoms don’t always dissipate after a week of detox. They can linger for several weeks, allowing individuals to feel okay one day but dismal the next. 

Additionally, about a third of people with substance use disorders like alcohol addiction or drug addiction also have a dual diagnosis. That means they have an underlying mental health issue, which can certainly contribute to an emotional roller coaster ride that a person experiences early in their recovery process. A mental illness like anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder can trigger those emotional highs and lows too.

Dealing with Strong Emotions in Early Recovery

It’s essential to deal with strong emotions as effectively as possible in the early stages of recovery when people are still extremely vulnerable to relapse. Of course, managing emotions, particularly negative emotions, is the key to relapse prevention in any case. Powerful emotions are often the triggers that lead someone to engage in alcohol abuse or drug abuse. Dealing with strong emotions in unhealthy ways is often what paves the way to substance abuse disorders. Clients with co-occurring disorders must be particularly mindful of their emotions because they have two conditions to manage at the same time.

Treatment and Therapy in Early Recovery

The best rehab centers like Resurgence understand the importance of targeting the psychological aspects of drug and alcohol addiction. Our addiction specialists understand the roller coaster of emotions that clients are likely to experience. Our therapists spend time with each client to provide individual therapy such as dialectical behavioral therapy DBT, rational emotive behavioral therapy REBT, and cognitive behavioral therapy in order to help clients learn how to manage their emotions more effectively, which ultimately helps them to manage their substance abuse problem more effectively too.

Resurgence Behavioral Health Recovery Resources

Featuring medical detox programs and clinically driven rehab treatment programs, Resurgence offers a wide range of addiction treatments, including dual diagnosis treatment, to help clients put an end to their dependence on drugs and alcohol. Our recovery center boasts highly trained addiction specialists who work with clients to develop the life skills they need to manage their emotions. In time, the roller coaster of emotions does subside as clients grow in stability and learn new ways to confront negative emotions and dispel them in healthy ways. Contact Resurgence to learn more about our treatment programs and why the management of emotions is an integral part of managing your addiction.

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Individualized treatment programs delivered in a comfortable, relaxed setting promote healing in your recovery journey.

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