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Accepting Emotional Scars from Addiction

Nearly everyone who has struggle with addiction has faced trauma. Some of our scars are physical, while others are emotional. In sobriety, we learn to accept the past rather than ignoring it, and move forward in our happy, joyous, and free lives. However, some of the emotional wounds we have suffered may linger even after we get sober.

While sobriety certainly improves our lives in ineffable ways, it does not make them perfect. Sobriety, spiritual growth, and personal development allow us to overcome many difficulties, but other problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, may require professional help. Trauma can severely affect one’s life, and often requires clinical intervention to keep it from affecting a person’s emotional wellbeing and ability to stay sober.

Rather than allowing our emotional scars to hold us back, we can use them to our advantage. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous promises, “We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.” The struggles we have experienced and overcome allow us to understand addiction in ways that most people cannot. With our experience, we are able to gain the trust of other still struggling with addiction, and we can share our experience, strength, and hope to help them.

Not only does our experience allow us to help others, but it contributes to our personal growth and development. Khalil Gibran once said, “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Our scars are evidence of all that we have overcome, and we become stronger people because of them. Rather than falling victim to feelings of regret, we can accept our scars and even be grateful for them because they have contributed to our ability to live by the spiritual principles of recovery. Hindu spiritual teacher Sivananda Saraswati once advised, “Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret, and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.” Our past emotional wounds were experiences that allow us to live with greater wisdom, altruism, and motivation to maintain our sobriety.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431