- Psychological Issues
Resiliency is the ability to bounce back when life knocks you down. Many men and women struggling with addiction don’t usually have a lot of resiliency. Instead, they might rely upon a drink when they are emotionally or psychologically triggered. Substances might be their coping mechanism to manage difficult emotions. Or drug use might be their way of covering feelings of loss or emptiness.
But in recovery, a person strives to stay sober, regardless of when they are triggered. This doesn’t mean that a person forces their way through the challenges of life. Instead, having resiliency means that you feel supported in facing your challenges. Or at the very least, you know how to get the support you need. You’re likely not feeling resilient if you feel alone, frightened, anxious, or fearful.
To give you a good idea of what it means to be resilient, here is a list of traits that go along with resiliency:
Of course, someone who is in recovery, will have to build their level of resiliency. And it may take time to develop. You might need to first feel what it’s like to be supported by others. You might need to let others help you as you gather a network of support around you. You might need to get stronger inside and heal your family relationships and friendships.
If you want to become more resilient in your recovery, which in turn will help you stay sober, here are some suggestions to consider:
These are suggestions for building your resiliency. It’s a strength that will grow over time as you continue to stay sober, grow, and heal.