Healing Your Mind In Recovery

An important part of recovery is healing. As you regain your physical health you must also take care to heal your mind. When you go through addiction your mental health takes a hit, your psychological well-being can be rocky, to say the least. 

Not everyone who goes through addiction will experience a hard hit on their mental health but many do. Some of the things you might experience in recovery are depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, shame, or guilt. This is where learning and using new, healthier coping skills come into play. 

Try these tips for healing your mind after addiction:
Guilt and Shame – So you did some things you aren’t proud of, we get that. Guilt and shame are important parts of the human condition that help us to be better people, when we know we’ve done wrong, we feel guilty, when we internalize that guilt, we feel shame. Make amends, do good for others, give without expecting to receive in return. Lend a hand to someone in need, do good things to help you forgive yourself for the past. 

Anxiety and Depression – Dwelling on the past, experiencing negative thoughts, and worrying about the future are all things you might be doing when you’ve hit a wall. Try mindfulness, staying in the here and now, and practicing thoughts that boost your self-esteem, help you gain confidence, and force happy thoughts to overcome negative ones. Focus on the positive, eat well, sleep well, and drink water. Your physical health here can have a lot to do with your mental health. 

Coping Skills -  Healthy coping skills might just be the key to a healthy mind. Everyone experiences ups and downs and recovery might come with its fair share of highs and lows but using healthy coping skills will take you far. You might not succeed every time but recovery isn’t perfect, it’s just a steady flow of moving in the right direction over time. 

Healing the mind takes time, energy, focus, and patience. Practice these tips and let the healing begin. 

Reference
N.D. "Healing the Body, Mind, and Spirit After Addiction". Choose Help. (website). 2017

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  • Great post. Feelings and unresolved wounds will most likely arise during recovery. Be prepared for them to arise in your RELATIONSHIP. 

    we have the opportunity to work through so much in relationships. many will point fingers at the partner, but most of the time, the issues have to do with BOTH.... 

    so when you're on the recovery path, don't be afraid to reach out for help. if you keep dealing with the same thing over and over....(emotions, conflict, etc.), you may need some help. getting some effective tools and skills can help so much.... anger management, conflict resolution, communication, etc...


  • Agreed, @dominica. Personally, I think psychotherapy should be a part of any recovery plan. In fact, I think therapy can help everyone, whether they're in recovery or not. Our brains deserve to be as healthy, too!
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