Overcoming the Overwhelming Feelings of Early Recovery

During the time of early recovery, you have a lot to be proud of yourself for, congratulations on your new sobriety and the beginning of a newer, healthier, you! Early recovery, presents some unique challenges to those who’ve recently made the decision to get sober and start a new way of life. When you decide to take on this endeavor, and make it through a treatment program of any length, you start to become aware of some new challenges. 

Some feelings that many people report in early recovery are anger and irritability, feelings of uncertainty, and feeling unsure of the next steps.  Irritability and anger are strong feelings that should always be dealt with because they are prominent feelings for those who do experience relapse in early recovery. Feeling uncertain has its place in early recovery but its’ important to remember that its’ a common feeling for those who’ve gone before you and those who will come after. For now, take it one day at a time and things will start to fall into place. 

Some people in early recovery have a strong desire to continue friendships with others who may not be ready for a sober way of life. It’s often strongly discouraged because in the time of early recovery, the tools and skills used for relapse prevention just haven’t been cultivated and practiced quite yet. 

If you’ve recently made the decision to stop using or abusing drugs and/or alcohol and you’re feeling overwhelmed by your emotions and feelings, take a deep breath. Talk to someone who’s let you know that they are there for you, get in touch with your sponsor, caseworker, or anyone else in your support system. You’ll make it through this, just stay the course and you will get through it. 

N.D. “Challenges in Early Recovery”. Beachway. (Website). July 2012

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