Now that you are living a sober life, you may find yourself struggling with mental health issues such as depression. This is not unusual for those in early recovery, as your brain chemistry is still adjusting to a return to life without the stimulation or depressive effect of your substance of choice. It is important that you do not allow yourself to slip into a prolonged depressive episode, and even more important that you communicate with your therapist or physician about the symptoms of depression you are experiencing. Here are a few actions you should take should you find yourself struggling with depression in early sobriety.
The most important thing to remember when struggling with depression is that you should not give in to the desires born from your depression. These often include isolation and general inactivity, both of which will only worsen your symptoms and lead to your spiraling downward even further. Do your best to stick to your daily routine, especially when it comes to positive activities like 12-step recovery meetings and daily exercise. These activities will go a long way towards boosting your mood and lifting you out of this depressive episode.
Communication with those around you is another important action to take when struggling with depression. Let your sober supports know how you are feeling, and stay in touch with them on a daily basis. Hopefully you are enrolled in your treatment center’s aftercare program, giving you continued access to your therapists and the treatment center’s other resources. Speak with your therapist about the symptoms you are experiencing, and work with them to determine if medication to treat depression is a good idea for you.
Depression is more common among those in early sobriety than you may think. Once the thrill of achieving sobriety has worn off and you return to a normal life, you may find yourself sinking into a depressive episode. If you find yourself in this situation, do not give in to your desire to isolate and lay around all day resulting from your depression. Stick to your routine and communicate with your support community about what you are going through. Depression is not your new normal, you will get through this trying time just as you were able to recover from your addiction. If you are not enrolled in an aftercare program, call our Admissions Counselors at 833-818-3031 and let the team at Evolutions help you during this trying time in your early recovery.
ABOUT EVOLUTIONS TREATMENT
Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.
Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visitwww.evolutionstreatment.com