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What Are Some Tips for Dealing with Flashbacks in Recovery?

What Are Some Tips for Dealing with Flashbacks in Recovery?

Flashbacks can happen at any time, any place, for any reason. They are usually sudden and disturbingly vivid memories from events in the past. Alcohol and drugs can also precipitate flashbacks, once you enter sobriety. It can feel like you are lodged in that place, time, and circumstances with no way out. There are some ways to cope with flashbacks when they happen that are constructive.

Haunting Past

It is easy to feel out of control, even if it is easier to slip into a dark place of guilt and depression. The past can feel haunting and painful. If you are struggling with past memories and flashbacks, you can try the following:

  • Surrender power
  • Keep cool and meditate
  • Suck it up and ask for help
  • Don’t let fear keep you from reaching out if you are struggling to community
  • Exercise and work out with friends to dispel the anxiety caused by the experience
  • Seek professional help if you are struggling with past trauma
  • Stay focused here and now in the present moment
  • Know that no matters what happens in the past, you are safe now

Some other tips that can be helpful include making schedules you can stick to and stay consistent in implementing. There are standard times in your schedule you can set aside for working out, work, and focusing on a routine. This helps keep things on a schedule and repel negative flashback memories. When you face down the danger of your fears and anxieties, you can come to terms with the underlying reasons for your flashbacks. You may choose to begin working with a trauma therapist or reworking your vision of what you want life to look like. Maybe you see yourself as strong, determined, and capable now rather than a victim. It takes time to release the victim mentality from your life. Focus on what you can change today rather than what you feel cannot change. That will help you stay focused on positive, lasting change that will help dispel the negative forces driving your flashbacks. Medication and consistent therapeutic support are also means by which you might explore healing for flashbacks.

When you are struggling with addiction recovery, it can help you to find community. Serenity provides a space where you can feel safe recovering and peel back the layers of your life so you can heal. Let us help you recover from addiction and seek the resources you need to keep you clean and sober. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401