Recovery from any addiction is a challenging journey and alcoholism is no exception. There may be moments when your body and mind will rebel and tempt you to give up control. You may experience difficult changes on the physical, mental and emotional levels. The key to successful recovery from alcoholism lies in being aware of these challenges and taking them in a stride. One of the most common conditions that people come across during their recovery program is depression. And perhaps, this is also the toughest one to deal with, considering that it can create a vicious cycle. You feel depressed and relapse, and you relapse and feel depressed. But you should not lose heart because countless alcoholics on recovery have been able to beat depression successfully. Here are some tips that you can follow to manage depression during alcohol recovery.
1. Find out the root cause of depression
The first and foremost thing to do is to identify the cause that is triggering depression. Is it because of taking up the recovery plan or were you in depression even before you started? Surprisingly, depression during the recovery phase is not always due to abstinence; it could be due to a declining relationship or simply because of changing weather. Knowing the exact cause is essential to find the way to address and manage your depression.
2. Start writing a journal
Putting down your feelings on paper can help you to deal with depression in an effective manner. Maintaining a journal has a therapeutic effect as there will be ups and downs and you can take solace by reading and re-reading your feelings. Writing refreshes you as it enables you to release your thoughts and feelings.
3. Talk to a friend or loved one
If you really want help with addiction and the related depression, find a trusted friend or loved one who is willing to listen and understand. Be open with them and talk about how you feel so that there is someone to help you through the dark, depressive times. Loneliness has the worst impact on people suffering from depression; so you should have the company of someone who tries to lift you on bad days and prevents you from going into a relapse mode.
4. Seek medical assistance
If you feel that your own conviction and support from loved ones is not enough, seek medical attention to address the depressive behavior. In some cases, you may even have to take anti-depressant medications if the doctor recommends so. A rehabilitation program may also be suggested for patients struggling with severe depression during recovery from alcoholism.
5. Consider alternative therapies
Besides medication and rehabilitation, you can consider alternative therapies to deal with depression and other problems related to recovery. Meditation, yoga, and TaiChi are some holistic therapies that strengthen your body and mind. Such therapies have no side effects but can be effective for preventing relapse in the long run.
Depression is a major problem that alcoholics going through recovery have to face. But it is completely treatable provided that you are able to understand the problem and take the right approach towards resolving it.
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