Coping Skills for the Recovering Addict and Alcoholic
Without coping skills, sometimes all it takes in a recipe for a disastrous day is waking up late for work, spilling your coffee all over clothes, or a flat tire. These sound like minuscule problems in the great scheme of life, but if you are an addict/alcoholic, it’s common that when one thing in your lifes goes wrong, your mind immediately reacts by spouting emotions out in all kinds of crazy directions. Built-up stress and unpleasant events can push a newly recovering addict/alcoholic to a breaking point if they lack the knowledge of useful coping skills, and that’s just in response to the unwanted troubles that the average person may come across in daily life, so you can only imagine how horrid it would be if something life-altering were to take place as well. So what are some ways to cope with these extreme feelings of anger, frustration, and depression that intensify by the minute?
Recovery Tools: Coping Skills
Take a deep breath. No matter how rough the situation, it will pass. Try to take a few moments to just let yourself be. If you’re open to the idea of meditation, try putting on some peaceful music, sitting down in a comfortable position, and ease your mind. It can be very calming and reduce your anxiety significantly.
Write about it
Translating what is running through your head into words and sentences helps you better understand what you’re actually feeling. Writing about how you feel and reading it over are great coping skills because it gives you a chance to vent without having to verbalize it to another human being. When you record what occurs in your life each day and your reaction to it, you begin the first step in learning how to process your thoughts in a more clear and concise way.
Talk to someone
Journaling can be valuable, but there may come a time for other necessary coping skills like venting to an actual person and even anticipating some feedback from them. Make sure you trust and feel comfortable with the person you choose to speak with. This is important because if you are feeling it necessary to open up to someone, you are most likely in an extremely vulnerable state and you don’t want the wrong source knowing personal, meaningful information about you.
Some coping skills can involve activities that you enjoy! You can go see a movie, head out to the gym, read an interesting book, paint a picture, or go for a walk. Not only will this distract you, but you’ll be able to get some enjoyment and pleasure out of it.
Give yourself time
These are a few coping skills to end your bad day and start a new one right away. You can’t expect to change your mentality over night, though, especially if something serious has occurred. Sometimes all you can do is wait a bad situation out. Chances are more than likely that you will smile and laugh again.
Learning and using recovery tools such as the suggested coping skills above can help you deal with life’s situations on life’s terms. Recovery is about growth and leaning how to handle life when it gets messy, so remember to be patient with yourself and just try your very best. Recovery is a journey – not just a destination.
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