Having a solid support system while dealing with addiction or chronic pain can be a crucial part of your journey! Social support can help act as your buffer to stress, anxiety, feelings of isolation or helplessness. Having a group of people who are either enduring your same struggle or care for you enough to help you through so you aren’t alone, can make a much smoother recovery process for yourself. Social support is a very important part of recovery: they are there to help you face challenges, keep you in check, grow your self-confidence, and allow you to voice your struggles. Recovery can be a severely intimate experience; you learn to become acquainted with your own thoughts and processes and figure out who the new you would like to be. But that experience also needs a little outside support and love! There is great importance to surrounding yourself with a good support system and a few are listed below.
Turn mountains back into molehills with social support.
When dealing with struggles, challenges that use to be bumps in the road can now feel like mountains. If you surround yourself with others who want to help you face those challenges, they can seem less difficult! Find a group of people, whether that be a support group or your friends or family who are willing to help you cope with the stress and anxiety of recovering. Sometimes whenever a person is undergoing a large change it can burden them with stress and worry which could push them back towards their unhealthy lifestyle. Having people to rely on to keep your mind right and clear could make all the difference!
Walking the line.
Not a person on this planet is perfect. Although you may be searching for help and change, there will be times that you feel it would be easier to give up and retreat to old ways. Keep an accountability group in your life. Have these people making sure you are taking every step and avoiding situations that could potentially pull you back to addiction. Although it can be difficult to admit, sometimes we all need someone to make sure we are staying in line.
Confidence and self-esteem.
Everyone has struggled at some time in their life and we all know that struggling can be defeating. If you allow your support system to care for you and wish for your success that will translate into your own thoughts and feelings. Loneliness is a difficult emotion to feel when dealing with difficult times and it often can lead to isolation. Once you start to isolate yourself from those around you, it can be incredibly difficult to build your self-esteem and trust in others back up. It is comforting to feel supported and loved by others and that can boost your self-confidence. Having high self-esteem can help you tackle any internal struggles you may be facing!
Voicing your Struggles.
A well-known, simple coping mechanism for dealing with struggle is talking about it. Talk to your family, friends, support group, therapist, or anyone that has a general interest in your well-being. Talking about what struggle you are facing can be a good outlet for stress and anxiety. It can be difficult to deal with such a personal experience and make decisions; sometimes you need outside advice from someone who sees the situation from another point of view. This will allow you to relieve stress, not keeping things bottled up, and receive help from others.
It is a great thing to be self-efficient, but there is also strength in numbers! Do not struggle alone, there are many people who want to be there for you! Reach out to friends and family, or if you are searching for professional guidance contact Elite Pain Management and we would be more than happy to assist you through your journey to recovery!