The road to recovery is full of twists and turns, and all kinds of roadblocks along the way. Sometimes, it’s easier to just back down from these obstacles or simply take the less bumpy route. Staying clean is always a difficult journey, but no twist, turn or roadblock you encounter on the road to recovery should distract you from the reward waiting at the end.
You need to put up a good fight against the struggles that will inevitably come your way. Here is a quick outline of the most common roadblocks encountered by recovering patients and a guide on how to overcome them:
The Dreadful Duo: Shame and Guilt
Guilt and shame are two emotions you are likely to feel. Do not wallow in these negative emotions, though, because it will do you no good. Be proactive. Your addiction does not define you; it does not have to dictate your life.
Don’t keep these struggles and emotions to yourself. Find a support network who will encourage you and remind you of the truth and your goals.
The Irresistible Temptation: Former Social Networks
Loneliness is common among recovering patients. Sometimes, when the emotion gets the best of them, they tend to go back to former friends—people they spent hours drinking and using drugs with. It’s tempting to reconnect with old friends, especially if you feel you’re at the lowest point.
Some may also overestimate their ability to resist temptation. They believe hanging out with these people again or that a few drinks won’t have much of an impact on their recovery.
The truth is that the first few days of sobriety are crucial because this is when you are most vulnerable. This is why we strongly recommend avoiding people, places or things that will make you remember addicted behaviors.
The Seemingly Small Slips: Session Skips
Missing one or two sessions won’t do much damage, right? It may not for a time, but it will eventually. Ditching one or two meetings can lead to the formation of a habit. Take each session seriously and see attendance as a responsibility.
Understand that there’s no greater therapy than being in the company of people committed to the same goals. It’s is better to stick with this group than your former friends.
The road to recovery is a difficult journey, but knowing about the obstacles along the way will keep you from making the wrong turn. Get in touch with us; we want to help you overcome those roadblocks on the path to sustained sobriety.