Mental health issues often lead people to abusing drugs or alcohol. They may feel depressed, have anxiety, or suffer from other unbearable thoughts and feelings, so they may start abusing alcohol or drugs as a way to manage those feelings. It can be easier to cover up the feelings rather than process them.
When you admit that you have a problem and you finally seek out Gilbert addiction treatment, a lot of those feelings you have been self-medicating with drugs and alcohol will likely start to surface. You’ll be dealing with the same distressing feelings that led you to use while you are also dealing with the very difficult physical symptoms of withdrawal. You’ll be making it doubly hard on yourself.
In addition to getting the right addiction counseling in Mesa that addresses your addiction, as well as the mental health issues that may have led you to use, you also need to be tending to your own self-care. Here are a few things you can do to protect and nurture your mental health while you are in recovery:
For most of us, our days are devoted to working, taking care of kids, taking care of our homes, taking care of pets, or doing things for friends and family. There is very little time in the day to just do whatever we want. In fact, most people don’t have that time for themselves at all.
You don’t need to give yourself hours a day. Even if you just give yourself a half hour or hour to read, meditate, watch TV, or do something else that you find relaxing and enjoyable, you will reap the benefits.
Everything you eat can have a big influence on how you feel. If you are eating poorly, your mood can fluctuate wildly. You may feel distressed without even knowing why. Little things may feel like huge problems. You may feel low and depleted of energy, unable to even muster the enthusiasm for fun activities.
You can help your mood and your overall outlook and energy levels by eating a healthy diet. Everybody needs something different, but general rules include eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and complex carbohydrates. Pay attention to your body and adjust where you need to adjust. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
Exercise can also help you regulate mood and energy. When you exercise regularly, you’ll also be able to sleep better also, which will help your mood and energy levels. Altogether, you’ll feel better able to take on the day and whatever challenges come your way.
You don’t have to kill yourself in the gym to get the benefits of exercise. Even if you walk for 30 minutes a day, you’ll enjoy the benefits. Just make it a part of your routine so that you can maintain consistency.
You may get into the habit of ignoring your feelings and just “carry on” however you can. In the past, you may have used drugs or alcohol to carry on. Now, you can’t afford to ignore your feelings and get to the point where you can’t overcome the urge to use.
Get in the habit of checking in with yourself and asking how you are feeling – emotionally, mentally, and physically. Do you need more sleep? Do you need time to yourself? Do you need to spend time with friends? Doing these kinds of checks can help you identify imbalances before they become too severe. You can make course corrections so that you maintain steady footing.
It can become very overwhelming thinking about what is going to happen in the future. You may worry about what’s going to happen at work, and then what will happen to you if something goes wrong and you lose your job. You may worry about how things are going with your relationship and whether the person will stop loving you. Or you may worry about your ability to stay sober and what will happen if you relapse.
Worry won’t help you resolve any scenario. However, it will overwhelm you and make it harder for you to handle difficulties when they do arise. Practice mindfulness, or keeping your thoughts in the present. Take things as they come, and you will feel better able to handle them when they do.
Taking care of your mental health shouldn’t be seen as weakness or indulgence. It is absolutely vital to the success of your recovery. If you continue to struggle with mental health issues, you will feel more tempted to use drugs and alcohol, and you’ll have a higher chance of relapsing. Follow these tips and work with a licensed Scottsdale therapist who is trained and experienced in addiction counseling and in the mental health problems you experience.
At Corebella Health and Wellness, we offer a variety of services to not only help you beat your addiction, but also to promote overall health and wellness. We offer addiction treatment, including medical treatment with a suboxone doctor and addiction counseling. We offer family counseling and group support. We also offer wellness services such as nutrition counseling and hormone therapy. We serve clients throughout Glendale, Tempe, and Scottsdale. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you create the healthy life you deserve.