MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT RECOVERY
Ambivalence is a common experience among those in recovery from substance use. It refers to having mixed feelings or conflicting thoughts about drug use. On one hand, someone in recovery may want to stop using drugs and improve their life. They may recognize the negative impact drug use has had on their relationships, finances, and health. However, on the other hand, they may still have cravings for drugs, or feel like they are missing out on the positive experiences associated with drug use.
ambivalence can create a sense of internal conflict, making it
difficult for someone to make progress in their recovery. It's important
to acknowledge these conflicting thoughts and feelings, rather than
trying to suppress them. It's normal to have ambivalent feelings about
drug use, especially in the early stages of recovery. One way to
address ambivalence is to focus on the tangible benefits of sobriety.
This might include improved mental and physical health, better
relationships, improved job performance, or simply feeling more stable
and in control.
It's helpful to engage in
activities that bring meaning and purpose to life. This might include
volunteering, pursuing hobbies, or spending time with loved ones.
Ultimately, the key to overcoming ambivalence is to take action towards
your goals, even if you're not feeling completely committed or
motivated. It's through taking action that we can build momentum, gain
confidence, and see the positive results of our efforts. Over time, the
internal conflict surrounding drug use may diminish, and a sense of
clarity and purpose can emerge.