It’s common for someone to go into a state of depression while experiencing withdrawals. Though the physical setbacks don’t help, these negative thoughts usually come about through reflection of the high. It might almost seem like a climax of one’s life. A peek that now seems to be slowly, but surely, crumbling down.
This is anything but the case if you have the right frame of mind. The first way to keep yourself motivated is by forgetting that high. Let it wash over as your body detoxes away the chemicals. The second is to develop a new peak for yourself. A new climax to work towards.
Your options are limitless. As you gain sobriety, doors will open all around you that might not have seemed to exist before. Take the chance and see what this world really has to offer.
The below list is devised as a way to cope with any negative thoughts. Anything keeping you away from those doors of opportunity.
By making your body active, you’re actually releasing chemicals similar to that which might be found in particular substances (especially opiates). Exercise is a way to build endorphins after losing them through withdrawals. You can look at it as a way to recharge the pleasure centers of your brain.
People withdrawing from a substance tend to lean towards meditation for two reasons: it helps ease the mind off physical pains and through that, it reinforces the feelings of peace and tranquility. Meditation has proven to be an effective way in focusing your attention away from the negative symptoms.
As you begin to motivate yourself again, you’re going to want to keep your brain active with different activities. Creativity is one of your best options as there’s so much variety to choose from; music, writing, painting, drawing, videography. Maybe you even have a hidden passion you’ve been holding back because of your addiction. Now’s the time to let it run free.
● Find Your Support System
Who has stayed in your life through the thick in thin? Who wants to only see the best out of you and never thought twice about your potential just because of your mistake with addiction? Whoever these people are, whether they be family or friends or someone you’re just meeting, surround yourself with them. Having someone there to simply understand the pains you’re experiencing with withdrawals is encouraging in itself. Knowing you’re not alone on this journey makes each step you take towards sobriety more fulfilling.
● Set Your Goals
Is there any field of work you’ve always wanted to study? Any life dreams that addiction held you back from? Regardless your dream, it’s important to remember that you are on the path to recovery for a reason. There is something you’ve wanted out of yourself that you weren’t able to find within substance abuse. Set your goals. As you take the journey to recovery, begin paving the road towards that goal you’ve always had for yourself. Whatever it may be, I can assure you that it’s more powerful than any withdrawal symptoms you’re facing.
Recovery isn't easy, and it takes time to become comfortable with the idea of being sober. Stonewall Institute Treatment Center knows that recovery is a process and we're here to help you through that. Our 10-week Intensive Outpatient Program is designed to give you the tools you need to stay motivated throughout your recovery. For more information, give us a call at (602) 535-6468 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.