Early recovery is a delicate time; someone in early recovery must go through several biological, social, and psycho-emotional changes that can be difficult to handle. Below, I’ve listed five (5) common challenges and some options for dealing with them*:
Friends and associates who use: You want to continue associations with old friends or friends who use.
- Try to make new friends at 12-Step or mutual-help meetings.
- Participate in new activities or hobbies that will increase your chances of meeting abstinent people.
- Plan activities with abstinent friends or family members.
Anger, irritability: Small events can create feelings of anger that seem to preoccupy your thoughts and can lead to relapse.
- Remind yourself that recovery involves a healing of brain chemistry. Strong, unpredictable emotions are a natural part of recovery.
- Engage in exercise.
- Talk to a counselor or a supportive friend.
- Substances in the home: You have decided to stop using, but…
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