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Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Drink or Use

by on Saturday, February 27th, 2021

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Recovery is not always sunshine and rainbows. There will be days that you crave your substance of choice and may believe it wouldn’t matter if you caved. However, you must understand that cravings and the feeling to turn back to substance use are most likely hiding internal struggles you may be going through but not recognizing. Before caving in, ask yourself these questions to see if something else is going on.

Am I Running From Something?

Often, drugs and alcohol are used to numb certain feelings or help a person forget the past. Whether you are going through an internal or external struggle, ask yourself if you are running from something and trying to use substances to forget or numb. You can then work to solve the problem rather than using or drinking.

Am I Getting Overconfident?

Overconfidence in recovery is common among those that find themselves at a healthy point in their sobriety. You may be thinking you are at an okay point to drink or use in moderation, but this is most likely not a good idea. For those that have struggled with addiction, moderation often does not exist. It is a slippery slope that can lead you right back to where you started.

Have I Stopped Using Coping Methods?

In recovery, you learn specific coping methods and strategies to help prevent relapse and keep yourself on the path to recovery. If you have stopped going to meetings or using coping techniques, you may find yourself looking to drugs and alcohol to help solve your problems. Instead, reevaluate your coping strategies to see if there is anything you are forgetting or should be trying. That way, you can fix the problem before another one is created.

When you feel as though you need to use drugs or alcohol, it is most likely due to an underlying cause. Taking a second to stop and ask yourself what is truly going on can help you avoid relapsing and instead get the help you need. By asking yourself the questions listed above, you might save your recovery. If you are struggling in recovery, don’t hesitate to reach out to Restorations Recovery. We believe in treating the whole person and understand that recovery is full of ups and downs. Our trained staff utilizes the most progressive therapy techniques to offer the highest quality care. We provide individual therapy, group therapy, psycho-educational classes, workshops, and more to restore the harm created by addiction. If you are feeling down, we can help pick you back up. Call us today at (720) 446-6585.

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