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Why Is Starting Over So Hard?

To understand the difficulties of building a new life, one must know the hardship.  While someone is deep in addiction, feelings and behaviors are on vicious cycle.  Patterns and old habits will continue, almost unconsciously.  Compulsive behaviors are one of the many signs of a serious addiction.  The person with an addiction will have to force themselves to make drastic changes in the day to day routine.  Thinking patterns have been the same for a long time during the use of drugs and alcohol.  The patterns have created grove like pathways in the brain.  Changing course from the negative thinking can only be done with the support of others and serious practices.  

Treatment can give an individual tools and tips on how to become sober and maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol.  Treatment does not become the new life, though.  The person in recovery has to start fresh after treatment.  Finding housing, a job, and sober support will aid in the process. Setbacks can alter the path to success.  Finding ways to cope with the stress of negative events will keep the individual moving forward.  

Coping skills taught in treatment has to be actively practiced on a regular basis.  Different techniques can help ease the difficulty of starting a new life.  Trial and error are common with testing new coping skills.  The individual has to decide what works best.  Different techniques can help in various ways.  Writing in a journal can help control and recognize emotions or keep track of diet and exercise.  Painting and sculpting can aid the individual in expression or just take up time to avoid boredom.  Stress relief can be found in writing or art, also.  

Curving cravings from drugs and alcohol are the most common reasons for the difficulty of starting over.  Other factors can include relationships and emotional control.  Guilt, shame, and resentment are also common in recovery.  Starting a new life and trying to keep the feelings at bay could cause a relapse.  12 step programs, group therapy, and regular support from friends and family will help the individual learn to recognize and properly handle emotional stress.  Forgiveness is a process which takes time and energy.  The person in recovery needs to learn and accept patience.  Maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes easier with the practice of positive habits.  

Resilient House can give you tools and tricks to ease into a new life.  Learning the positive traits and clearing the mind space of negative habits is not without difficulty.  Each person will have a different path to take.  Let us help you find new ground by call 833-change1 (833-242-6431).