Coping with Bad Days in Recovery: It Gets Better

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Coping with Bad Days in Recovery: It Gets Better

Deciding to consider recovery is a powerful, life altering decision. Recovery changes your life for the better. Even though recovery is a gift, recovery doesn’t mean that you won’t have bad days. Having a bad day is part of the human experience, but there are ways to make these days a bit easier.

Acknowledge that you’re having a bad day. You don’t have to deny it or try to hide it. Bad days come and they go. How you are feeling today won’t last forever as long as you keep pressing forward.

Acceptance is the solution to coping with a bad day. There are situations in life that you can’t control. Perhaps you’re romantic relationship is ending or you’re having problems in your career. Life happens for those in recovery just like it happens to those who are not. Accepting where you are, changing the things you can, and accepting what you can’t change is a way to cope with bad days in recovery.

Treat yourself kindly. Having a bad day or even coping with bad day negatively is not the end of the world as long as you don’t use. You are human. It’s okay to make mistakes and feel flustered. When you have bad moments it’s important to be patient and kind to yourself. Perhaps all you need to do is crawl into bed, have a good cry, and move forward. This is perfectly okay. There is no right or wrong way to do recovery as long as you seek support and stay sober.

On difficult days, you need to go out of your way to have self care time. Self care is different for everyone, but here are some suggestions:
  • Have a “me” day
  • Stay in bed for a day if you need, just don’t stay in bed forever
  • Schedule a spa or massage day
  • Go to the movies
  • Spend time in nature
  • Go to the beach

Whatever you do, remember that having a bad day does not mean that there is something wrong with you or recovery. You are entitled to feel how you feel. As long as you keep going to meetings or support groups and stay sober, you are doing recovery right.

At The Kimberly Center, we care about your recovery. Recovery is more then not using. Recovery is also about healing. Whether you have good days or bad, we can teach how to handle life on life’s terms. Call us now at 855-4-KCENTER to learn more about how treatment can help you today.

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