It can be difficult for an addict to admit that he or she has a problem. Many are firmly in the grips of their addiction and are afraid of change. They are worried that recovery will be painful and this leads them to not wanting to give up their lives as they know it. It is often only when faced with an ultimatum from family members or when faced with a life or death situation that they will finally concede that they need help to get better.
However, once they have committed to a programme of rehabilitation, they become positive about their future. They are willing to do whatever it takes to get better and they are optimistic about their new sober life. Many assume that once they have kicked their habit they are going to feel fantastic and ready for a new fulfilling life.
Although giving up drugs and alcohol is hugely beneficial, it is important to realise that these substances take their toll on the mind and body. You will get to the stage where you feel fantastic and full of energy, but this is not going to happen overnight. It is vital that you are realistic about how your body will react when you stop taking drugs or alcohol. Moreover, you need to be aware that you are about to go on a rollercoaster ride of emotions as you adapt to life without these substances.
It can take months or, in some cases, years for the brain to get back to normal after heavy drug or alcohol abuse. It is not uncommon for recovering addicts to feel miserable in the early days of recovery. They may be suffering with a number of health issues and their mind may be all over the place as it tries to clear the fog left behind from years of addiction.
Finding New Ways to Cope
Addicts that have relied on drugs or alcohol to cope with life will now have to find new coping mechanisms as and when life gets tough. Recovering addicts should think about getting through one day at a time instead of looking too far into the future. Therapists and counsellors are there to help develop skills at coping, and this could be through continued therapy or with the help of a 12-step programme. It is important to continue in this vein to get the most from recovery.
Life is Full of Ups and Downs
Expecting to be instantly and constantly happy is unrealistic. Life in general is just not like this. Even those who have never abused drugs or alcohol will have good and bad days. If you are a recovering addict, during early recovery you will notice that you have great days or very bad days, but this is to be expected. These exaggerated feelings will calm down as you progress through your recovery and you soon will find that your moods settle down and you will learn to cope with the ups and downs.
Take the Good with the Bad
Every recovering addict is different and some will experience more good days than bad; unfortunately, though, for some, the bad days seem to outweigh the good. Take each day as it comes and get through it as best as you can because you will find that after a while the bad days begin to occur less and less as you become involved in new activities that you enjoy.
Those who have many good days may find the bad days harder to manage, and many will struggle to stay sober when the bad days hit. No matter how you feel during recovery, remember that you can always get help. Addiction Helper is a free service helping those with addictions and those in recovery. If you need someone to talk to, contact our team of professional advisors today.