When it comes to a loved one in recovery from addiction, there seems to be never-ending bouts of guilt. During the addiction it can be hard to see what you are doing to your loved ones, your job, or even to yourself. In hindsight, it can be horrific to relive the things that you did over and over again. Most people that are recovering from alcoholism and addiction will continue to beat themselves up once they know that they hurt the people that are closest to them, or even an innocent bystander, that are affected by the misbehavior that results from their addiction.
Having a guilty conscious can be the very thing that can hold you back in your recovery. You may get scared of having to look inside yourself, because it would be much easier to sweep everything under the rug instead of facing it head on. If the guilt is not absolved, it will keep coming up and keep standing in the way of having the contentment that you probably have always longed for.
Stop dwelling on it.
When you keep recalling the past, it is difficult to move forward when you are continuously moving backwards with your guilt. There is nothing you can do to change it in the present moment. Move on and focus on what you are doing now.
Stop the behavior.
If you change your actions, people will eventually take notice. Making living amends to those around you will keep you in better standing than continuing to take the same actions that you took while you were living in your addiction.
Stop thinking you are a bad person.
We are who we think we are, so you must stop thinking you are a bad person. Every human being makes mistakes. Some actions are worse than others, but we all do things we are not proud of. Changing your thinking will help you to think more highly of yourself which will make you do things with more confidence.
Stop trying to measure up to other people’s standards.
There will always be people that will have higher expectations to what your actual capabilities are. When you were abusing drugs and alcohol the bar was probably set low for you. In your recovery, the standards that you set for yourself should be standards that are attainable and reasonable by being true to yourself.
Sometimes you will continue to feel guilt even when situations have settled. Guilt is a wasted emotion that can really bring you down if you are not careful. Get some help to process and absolve your guilt, so that you can keep progressing in your recovery.
If you, or someone you know, is struggling with guilt from your addiction, let Serenity Oaks Wellness Center show you how to absolve your guilt and breakthrough in your recovery. Our well-trained staff is here to show you how to adorn your soul.
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