Topic: early recovery
Newcomers had a tendency to focus their attention on the drug that brought them to treatment, ignoring others they happened to have been using.
Insomnia is at the top of the list of common problems for both active addicts and the newly recovering, and sleeping meds can pose risks.
In most cases, the intrusive thoughts associated with addiction (cravings, disturbing images, etc) go away during the course of recovery.
At the end of each day, make a list of what went right. Focus on that rather than the things that didn’t.
After years in the drug world, it may not be easy for someone new to recovery to fit comfortably into the larger society. It helps to find people such as yourself– who used to use drugs but no longer do– to relate to.
The better we understand the origins of a depressed mood, the more likely we are to come up with an effective remedy.
You find yourself burdened with unfamiliar doubts and worries about the mechanics of living without alcohol and drugs. You wonder how you will ever adapt.
Like so much else, the grieving process tends to get lost in the miasma of substance use and addiction.