How Can I Cope When I’m Feeling Depressed?
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The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states that depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for people aged 15-44 years old. It’s not uncommon for those in addiction recovery to also experience co-occurring disorders, such as with depression; addiction is a disease that disrupts the mind, body and spirit, and those in recovery are likely to struggle with depression, anxiety, stress and more.
Symptoms of depression can be debilitating, and may include feelings of hopelessness, loss of pleasure in daily life, loss of appetite, fatigue, irritability, social isolation and more. It’s during these moments that our recovery can be compromised; we may find ourselves falling back on sobriety in favor of self-medicating, and this can bring us right back to the very place we tried to escape from in the first place. If this is where you’re currently at right now, know that you’re not alone – there are ways to worth through it.
First, you have to use your resources. Contact people who are part of your support group and rely on them for additional motivation when you’re feeling low. These are people you should feel comfortable sharing your fears with, and they should be able to combat these fears with the reality that you can get through this. Next, you want to practice self-care. Even if you don’t feel like it, take a hot shower, read a good book, watch a funny movie, or engage in some other form of self-love. As you keep doing this, you’ll eventually feel that some of those harsh feelings are replaced by compassion. Lastly, don’t give up.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
If you’re ready to begin your journey towards restoration of the mind, body and spirit, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.
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