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When You Are Hurting

Everyone has moments in life that cause our hearts to ache. Some moments last longer than others, but finding comfort in knowing they are temporary can help heal the wound. Sometimes it stems from words that someone has said. It could be relationship troubles, work, family, or the death of a loved one that causes us pain. Before recovery, we used drugs or alcohol to numb the pain. Since we don’t run from our problems or escape through chemicals, we have to find ways to comfort our souls and stay in the light of recovery.

When something disappointing or hurtful happens, our first instinct may be to reach for anything we can get our hands on, then run and hide. The first option is off the table, and the second option should be, too. It’s okay to give yourself a little space to process what happened, but don’t shut yourself off to those who care about you. Tell your closest friend what’s going on. Letting our burdens hit the air rather than keeping them to ourselves is healing. Your friends will want to be there for you, just like you would want to be their shoulder when they need it most.

Keep your routine of recovery going, and even add to it if need be. More meetings may be helpful, talking to your therapist, and continuing to socialize with your friends in recovery is important. You also may want to try hitting the gym more often. The endorphins from working out can help ease sorrow and provide a little distraction. If you are lacking energy, try a spin class, kickboxing, or pilates. At home, read something inspirational or entertaining and pour yourself a warm bath. Practice self-care, and when you are really feeling the hurt, know that it will pass. Recognizing pain for what it is can be an empowering moment in sobriety. It won’t kill you, and the only way to get over it, is to go through it—one day at a time.




If you are hurting and struggling with addiction, call the Serenity Recovery Center. Our detox is designed to keep you as comfortable as possible, while safely detoxing you off drugs or alcohol. You are not alone. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). There is life beyond addiction. Call now.