Avoiding a Relapse After a Difficult Break-Up
Break-ups are hard, but for some of us, it can put a fine line between recovery and relapse. The brain processes emotional pain the same as physical pain, so when someone says they're "heartbroken," they very well may feel it. From physical pangs in your chest to sleepless nights, breakups hurt on just about every level. If you're feeling lost and can't deal with the pain of your break-up, here are several tips to help you heal your heart without sacrificing your sobriety.
Surround Yourself With Good People
A good support system is vital to recovery, but it's even more critical when you're going through a painful break-up. Don't hang around friends that bring you down or will remind you of your ex. Instead, choose to be with people who will lend a listening ear when you need it but also help distract you and show you that there are still great things to focus on. If you feel like you're on the edge, confide in a close friend and ask them to stay with you. You can also reach out to a therapist — talking to a professional can make all the difference. It's important to find healthy ways to cope with your feelings, and sometimes, therapy is the best way to do that.
Spend Time With a Pet
Our furry friends can work wonders when we're feeling down. Studies show that pets can lessen our feelings of isolation, lift our spirits and lower our stress levels. Just holding a dog or petting a cat can help you calm down and feel comforted. If you own a pet, you have additional motivation to stay clean. Your animal relies on you to take care of them and love them, and you can't do that if you relapse.
Focus on Your Hobbies
Sign up for classes and find something to do during your free time. The more you can get out of the house, the better. It's important to avoid long periods alone where your mind can wander. Take up a new hobby (or dive back into old ones) and rediscover those feelings of excitement and curiosity. You can also gain a sense of pride and accomplishment from trying something new.
Physical activity boosts our mood and helps reduce stress. Stay active and make an effort to exercise once a day for at least 30 minutes. Go for a jog, hike with a friend or sign up for a fitness class. Working out gives you a way to overcome your feelings while simultaneously lifting your spirits physically.
Remind Yourself of Your Progress
The end of a relationship hurts, but you will make it through this. You've already come so far. You should feel proud of yourself that you were able to start dating again after recovery. Rehab teaches you the importance of living in the present and taking things day-by-day. The same goes for recovery. Reminding yourself of your progress each day will help you stay committed to sobriety and prevent a relapse.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction or may be on the verge of relapsing, we can help. Blueprints for Recovery provides young men between the ages of 18 and 30 a safe environment for drug and alcohol addiction recovery in Arizona. Contact us today to learn more about our treatments and programs.