Good Grief: Navigating Loss When Battling Addiction & Recovery

Good Grief: Navigating Loss When Battling Addiction & Recovery

When a loved one passes away, most people will fall into a state of depression. Anger and aggression is common, and many will lash out at those around them. These are normal stages  as it is a time of high sensitivity and intense pain. However, for someone battling addiction and in recovery at the same time, this can be an incredibly high-risk period. Drugs and alcohol are frequently used to numb emotions, and trying to forget the death of someone close can be overwhelming to even the strongest of character.

When in recovery, addicts need to be honest with themselves as well as others, about what is happening in their life and reach out for the support that they need. Grief is one of the most significant triggers for relapsing and taking advantage of their support network  can help to work through the pain and get past the addictive behaviors and patterns. Remember, your own future is dependent on staying sober and the loved on you lost wants you to live your life the best way you can.

Holding onto the Pain. It’s easy when grieving to develop a relationship with your pain. Maybe you believe that your own identity is based on unhappiness, or that you may never be able to move past the sadness and devastation; whatever you are feeling, this relationship with pain is so familiar to you that letting go seems impossible. In recovery, this pain is even more significant, and we understand how you are feeling.

Your drug or alcohol use may have developed in response to traumatic experiences, loss of close friends or family or childhood experiences that are painful. You struggle to remember a life without pain, sadness and depression, and seeking out experiences that contribute to your pain may seem normal.

Loss of the Familiar. The loss of a loved one can be truly difficult for anyone to handle. However, when someone is in recovery from their addiction, this experience in life can often become a test that sometimes proves to be too great for many recovering addicts to handle. It is completely understandable that the loss of a loved one is very difficult and it is very understandable that it is hard to move past this loss. However, you do not have to forget about your loved one and you certainly do not have to stop loving that person either. When you are in recovery from addiction and you are experiencing the loss of someone that you love then there are some things that you can do to grieve while still maintaining your recovery. If you are in recovery and you have not yet lost a loved one, if you do these tips for grieving while maintaining your recovery can help you during those tough times if someone was to pass away in your life.

What are some of the tips for grieving over the loss of a loved one? When you are in recovery from addiction, the loss of a loved one can test your faith in your recovery. It can also often be a strong trigger for many recovering addicts and can greatly increase your chances of a relapse. However, there are some tips for grieving over this type of loss. Some of these tips include the following tips that are listed here for you today:

  • Remember, that you have a right to grieve (nobody is asking you to forget your loved one).
  • Remember, that grieving is a very important process when you are in recovery. 
  • Talking about your feelings over this loss can help you to maintain your recovery while grieving.
  • Remember, that working the grieving process can take some time so you do not have to rush it.
  • Remember, that when you are in recovery things are going to happen that are tough (this loss is one of them) but you can make it through if you keep in touch with your support network.

These are just some of the tips for grieving over the loss of a loved one. When you are in recovery from your addiction, remember that grieving is a natural process and everyone needs to take part in this process, especially when you have experienced this type of loss in your life.

If you are struggling with loss while in recovery, please don’t hesitate to contact us

We are here to help.

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