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How Do I Handle Mourning In Sobriety?

Grief is one of, if not the most uncomfortable and devastating human emotions we all go through at some point in our lives. Loss is inevitable; whether it be a pet, a loved one, a job, or even our drug of choice, when we lose something that was once a part of us, it can be incredibly difficult to get through, especially sober.

Most of us in recovery can relate to the feeling of loss when we went into detox, and we were no longer able to reach for a drink or a drug to numb and comfort us into oblivion. As time goes on, those feelings of emptiness lessen, and we begin to move on with our lives. Treatment gives us a wonderful set of tools to handle the rollercoaster of life without drinking or using. For many of us, when something hits us at our core, our immediate reaction is to get drunk or high, and forget the pain, even for just a little bit. We can’t do that in sobriety, and we have to learn to sit with our feelings and be okay with just being.

A tragic but unfortunately true component of recovery, is having friends that will die of the disease of addiction. The longer you stick around in recovery, the more people you will know who don’t make it. It’s such a sad, but inevitable part of living sober. We who are still standing are the lucky ones, but we must always remember we are only a drink or a drug away from joining our fallen.

The loss of a loved one can throw us into a lonely tunnel of despair. As with recovery, we cannot and should not go through it alone. It is crucial to reach out as well as accept help from others for as long as you need. Talk about it, and don’t put yourself on a timeline for how you should or shouldn’t feel. Grief is a multi-stage process, so be gentle on yourself, and know that as long as you don’t pick up, you will get through this. If you need help, give us a call. You never have to feel the way you do now, ever again. Recovery is possible, and we are here to help you begin your own journey.

Detox is a beginning and an end. As the beginning of a new life in recovery and the end of an era of pain caused by addiction, making the choice to attend clinical detox needn’t be a complicated one. The Serenity Detox Recovery Center at the Encino Hospital Medical Center offers safe and comfortable residential detox with modern amenities and an environment that feels like home. Start the process today. Call us at: 866.294.9401