Many people with addiction have a difficult time dealing with life. Emotional pain in addiction recovery can be present which makes it difficult to recover. The fears and anxieties of a new sober living practice can drive a person back to addictive behaviors. A few suggestions can be helpful to get started on beating addiction.


Beat Stress

Sometimes stress can come out all at once. When this happens, a person can feel overwhelmed. It helps to take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get the mind off the problem. Get some fresh air, do an activity and find fresh perspective.



Find a distraction that is positive and provides a reason to get out of bed in the morning. This may be listening to music, taking a walk, reading the paper or anything that feels like it brings hope and peace.


Visualize Success

Sometimes a person may get depressed when the task ahead feels so difficult. Recovery is a journey with ups and downs so it helps to visualize what success for each goal looks like. When a person is fighting addiction, it helps to have people on the team that help to imagine what success will bring and visualize achieving small steps towards a larger goal.


Keep a Journal

A technique that helps some people is a small notebook with positive statements that make a person feel good. Whenever the person comes across an affirmation that makes him or her feel good, it can help to feel less depressed or frustrated by reading the statements. This manages negative thoughts by counteracting with positive ones.


Speak with a Professional

A professional can provide support needed along with advice and insights on how to deal with the current problem. By talking to a professional, the person can help the individual become better able to deal with problems in the future.

Overcoming addiction is done one small step at a time. It is not going to happen overnight but is best supported in the steps taken on a daily basis to get moving away from addiction towards healthy, healing and hopeful thoughts and behaviors.


Cypress Lakes provides therapies that support every individual in their circumstances where they are at. We believe in holistic along with traditional therapies to support addiction recovery. Call us today for more information, at 1-866-217-2636.