Emotional Recovery After Treatment
Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge Looks at Emotional Recovery After Addiction Treatment
At Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge, our programs for troubled teens have been specially developed for boys ages 12 to 17. We help young men cope with everyday issues, as well as their struggles with addiction. Our goal is to steer them away from damaging habits while they’re with us — and for the rest of their lives.
At Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge, we understand that part of recovering from addiction is emotional recovery. Physical healing is only part of the journey to recovery, and one must also work toward emotional recovery. In today’s blog, Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge takes a look at the importance of emotional health during recovery.
Emotional Intelligence in Recovery
Often, people who fall into addiction have trouble dealing with their emotions. This emotional difficulty is sometimes what set them on a path to addiction in an attempt to self-medicate. Not only does a lack of emotional intelligence drive them toward addiction, but it can also keep them stuck in a loop of recovery and relapse.
Tools For Emotional Recovery
A healthy mind influences overall wellness. Boredom and a negative self-image can be harmful to the emotional health of someone in recovery. There are some steps people can take toward emotional health:
- Eat healthy and hydrate. This not only impacts physical health but emotional health as well. Healthy lifestyle choices improve self-image and encourage positive moods.
- Explore hobbies you once loved, and try new ones as well. Throwing yourself into a hobby can help fend off boredom and be a great distraction when you’re feeling down.
- Spend time with people you love and surround yourself with positive people.
- Spend some time in the sunshine. UV rays provide vitamin D which is a natural mood booster.
- Read a good book or watch a good movie. Be sure to make time to do the things you enjoy doing.
Acceptance is a big part of recovery. It can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel following addiction treatment. Regret over the past and anxiety about the future can be very burdensome to a person in recovery. Many resources exist to ease this transition, including recovery groups and focused therapy.
Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge Can Help
If your teen is struggling with addiction, he can’t fight all alone. At Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge, he will get the tools he needs to overcome addiction and live a sober, emotionally healthy life. We are a faith-based program for boys ages 12-17. If you would like to find out more about Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge can help your son, contact us today.