Why Is Controlling My Emotions So Important in Rehab?

Why Is Controlling My Emotions So Important in Rehab?

Whether or not you realize it, your emotions often influence your actions. Also, how you respond to a situation can have repercussions in your recovery.

Here are some reasons controlling your emotions is important:

Your emotions can mislead you.

Your emotions will change over time. This is something to consider if you are feeling a strong urge to use again: in 30 minutes you may feel completely different. To avoid this problem, establish a support network with encouraging friends and family. Then you can reach out to them, which can make a big difference between sobriety and relapse. When in recovery, your emotions may think of only the good feelings you have when you are high, not the inevitable consequences to your health and relationships. Your friends can talk with you and many times this will help you make good decisions.

Emotions are impacted by stress.

Stress is inevitable in life. If you are hungry, angry, lonely or tired, you are not thinking clearly, so you are much more likely to make a bad decision regarding your sobriety. Being self-aware is essential, and many times you will not know exactly what emotions you are having. To become more self aware and intentional, you can go to support groups, therapy or other parts of your support network. All of these options provide an important outside perspective.

Emotions are often short-term, where recovery is long-term.

A long-term perspective can help you move past any setbacks. Everyone has bad days. It is normal to feel discouraged and even depressed at times. The power of encouragement cannot be understated. The key is to get help and talk about it, instead of holding all of these emotions inside. A good therapist will help you focus on the big picture — as well as your emotions.

Negative emotions can dominate your life.

We all experience negative emotions, such as anger or jealousy. These negative emotions over time can take root in your mind and slowly condition your mindset to function on detrimental feelings. You will likely blame others for your own struggles and play the role of victim instead of moving forward in your recovery. Instead of this slippery slope, recognize that you cannot change your past — but you can change the future. You alone are responsible for your actions — and with support — you know you can live a healthy life.

In many situations, learning to control your emotions is a daily step-by-step process. As you mature in your recovery, you will gain perspective and start to notice what your true emotions are. You will also find healthy ways to cope with them such as exercise, meditation, yoga and spending time with upbeat friends.

If you need help controlling your emotions or have any questions about recovery, please call our help line. Our counselors have been trained in this area and will address your needs by guiding you through various treatment methods to help you during this time.