Guilt is a feeling that is common with drug and alcohol addiction, and
it is a frequent relapse trigger for many individuals who have gone through
treatment with an addiction recovery program. Therefore, it is important
to understand where guilt comes from in addiction and how to cope with it
during recovery so that it does not come back to haunt you in your sober lifestyle. This
article will explore some healthy coping strategies to allow you to face
your guilt head on so that you can overcome your addiction.
Care for Yourself Physically and Emotionally
Guilt is closely tied to low self-esteem, so your first step in managing
guilt may be to take the time to focus on caring for yourself. Simple
steps such as nourishing your body with a healthy diet, attending psychotherapy
sessions, and using exercise to manage stress can all help you feel better
and gain a more realistic perspective on your negative feelings.
Confront Friends and Family Members
While some addicts will have guilt related to imagined offences, others
will struggle with the very real impact that their addictions have made
on others’ lives. Physical, financial, and emotional harm caused
to others may be dealt with through in-person interactions with the guidance
of psychological care professionals within the treatment program.
Practice Meditation or Journaling
Even after seeking forgiveness from others and coming to terms with guilt
through one-on-one and group therapy, there may be lingering negative
feelings that can impair your recovery. Using methods like journaling
or mindfulness meditation, you can manage your emotions more effectively
by channeling your feelings rather than letting them bottle up and lead
to a relapse.
If you are searching for professional help in your addiction recovery,
Retreat at Lancaster County can provide comprehensive care with our inpatient
detox, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs, which
all utilize a holistic approach to treat the whole patient. To learn more,
call our center at (717) 859-8000.