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Embrace the Sensitivity

Drugs and alcohol alter the way the brain functions, which in turn changes the thinking pattern.  Emotions and thoughts can override any control the person had on themselves.  Once the addict becomes sober, the emotions are still high and harder to control.  Being sensitive to feelings is common post-treatment.  The individual will feel as if everyone is judging, commenting, or pushing to see results.  Some of the thoughts will be reality and others will be paranoia.  Regardless, the addict has to face the emotions which come with the territory.  

Allowing feelings to come and go is foreign to someone using drugs and alcohol.  The hold which the substances have on the individual will distract him or her from reality.  Real emotions are easily pushed down and ignored.  Releasing the body from substance’s constraints will create an overload of emotions.  Detox allows the brain to begin proper functionality, although, to an addict, thoughts are on hyperdrive.  Hasty decisions and reactions can send the individual into relapse quickly without emotional support.  Group therapy can aid the addict in sustaining sobriety and give an opportunity for emotional release.

Radical acceptance is realizing a lack of control and allowing the situation to take place.  Codependency is common with addiction and recovery.  Controlling another person’s point of view and emotional state is impossible.  Feeding off another’s feelings is dangerous.  Accepting someone else’s reactions, although not agreeable, can be difficult without understanding personal emotions.  A person in recovery needs therapeutic clemency to overcome radical acceptance and begin understanding others.  Building boundaries and controlling emotions can support healthy relationships.  

Being sensitive is not a weakness.  Having strong emotions is not a downfall.  People in recovery need to learn about themselves to understand personal feelings.  Looking inside ourselves is sometimes scary.  Past mistakes and trauma can sneak back into a person’s thoughts.  Facing the difficulties of reflection can be supported by others.  The addict should look to the support team of doctors, therapists, and loved ones to find assistance in overcoming and controlling old habits and behaviors.  Accepting oneself as is will allow the individual more freedom in recovery.  Learning to control reactions to others will build strength.  Embracing sensitivity can help the person in recovery conquer fears and allow time for emotions to pass.  Every situation is temporary.   Practicing techniques of emotional control and being patient will give the addict a better chance of a successful recovery.  

The emotional turmoil addiction has on a person can be devastating.  A new approach to the recovery journey can be found at Resilient House.  Get the support needed to break the chains of addiction. 833-change1 (833-242-6431.