5 Real Reasons Addicts Struggle During Early Recovery

5 Real Reasons Addicts Struggle During Early Recovery

5 Real Reasons Addicts Struggle During Early Recovery

The early days of recovery are a struggle. Fighting urges and every emotion make for small battles at every turn. With so many thoughts and feelings going through their minds, it’s no surprise that these are some of the reasons addicts struggle during early recovery.

5 Real Reasons Addicts Struggle During Early Recovery

1. Guilt and Shame

People do things they wouldn’t do sober when they’re addicted to drugs or alcohol. Once they’re sober, they have to accept that they hurt people during this time and apologize. They must make these amends and rebuild trusting relationships. During this process, they will experience guilt and shame and have to learn to be honest with and forgive themselves.

2. Boredom and Loneliness

When addicts go into recovery, they aren’t just stopping their use of drugs or alcohol. They’re rebuilding their life. When they no longer have drugs or alcohol in their life, they have to find a new way to fill that time. This can lead to feelings of boredom or loneliness. They may not know what to do for fun now. A good thing to do is try new activities, or get back into what they did as hobbies before their addiction began.

3. Anger, Sadness and Irritability

Sometimes just the smallest irritation can trigger an intense feeling of anger or sadness in a recovering addict. Often, depression, anxiety and other difficult emotions have always been there, but have been suppressed by the use of drugs and alcohol as a means of self-medication. Sadness is a part of life that addicts must learn to deal with naturally, without the help of substances.

4. Joy and Happiness

The early days of recovery are often plagued with a mix of both positive and negative emotions. Just as feelings of sadness and anger can cause relapse, so can feelings of happiness. Positive feelings can be just as stressful and overwhelming as negative ones. When something worth celebrating happens, people might be tempted to do so by using. This is a time when they’re still learning about themselves and the life they want, which is why excitement can be so overwhelming.

5. Career and Financial Success

When an addict becomes sober, they feel pressure to find a good job and keep it. The struggle to be financially stable is a big source of stress for the newly sober. It’s especially stressful when they return to a high-stress job that contributed to their addiction in the first place, or return to a job and feel scrutiny for having gone to rehab.

Setbacks happen during recovery. It’s natural. As is frustration on this journey. However, with a plan and a support system, any of the reasons addicts struggle during early recovery can be overcome. If you’re struggling with an addiction, give us a call today at 855.981.2020.


Artesian Recovery & Wellness Centers, LLC is all about recovery that lasts. Our holistic approach is what sets us apart from traditional treatment centers.  A fresh start is a beautiful thing, so let us join you on your path to recovery.  Contact us today.

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