Emotional and Environmental Health in Addiction Recovery

Emotional and Environmental Health in Addiction Recovery

When going through a recovery journey, one can expect to encounter challenges and stresses along the way. However, one’s emotional health as the journey progresses is likely to positively change. As such, it is important to acknowledge that emotional well-being is significant to one’s progress in recovery. Similarly, one’s environment greatly impacts the recovery journey and is also subject to change as the journey continues.

At Roots Recovery, stabilizing and prioritizing emotional health is of utmost importance. As we strive for these goals, we also foster a supportive and positive environment so clients can prosper in during this difficult time. 

Addiction and Emotional Health

Substance use disorder (SUD) can lead to emotional distress. Sometimes, it comes with co-occurring disorders like depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. More serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder are also possibilities. 

Other signs of emotional distress paired with addiction include:

  • Extreme mood changes
  • Coping through substance use (self-medication)
  • Difficulty quitting substance use
  • Panic attacks
  • Short attention span
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Erratic behavior

SUD can create a certain mental vulnerability in individuals, which can then lead to mental health issues. Often, these concerns are paired with stress and changes in one’s life. These may include struggles in work, school, family, or other relationships. 

The recovery journey, therefore, should be paired with emotional healing in addition to physical healing. This can be facilitated through therapy, self-care methods, and professional guidance. 

How Does Roots Recovery Improve Clients’ Emotional Health?

Roots Recovery works with clients to improve their emotional well-being during their recovery journey. The whole-person approach to recovery is meant to heal the mind, body, and soul of the client. Such an approach facilitates a deeper connection within themselves.

While repairing a relationship with the self, clients are able to practice patience with themselves and heal their emotional struggles as they walk their recovery path. This is done through different forms of therapies and services at Roots, including mindfulness, meditation, and different creative therapies. These services allow clients to express themselves and their emotions in different ways. Additionally, they allow clients to center themselves in the present moment to release stress and accept their emotions fully. 

Recovery can be a taxing journey. Luckily, the curated team at Roots Recovery, paired with emotional health services, can heal emotional stresses and struggles that surface along the way.

Emotional Well-Being After Recovery

Treating SUD and progressing on one’s recovery journey in and of itself can improve mental health and overall well-being. In recovery, many clients find themselves learning new at-home or guided practices that can be implemented into daily life outside of treatment. These may include mindfulness strategies and meditation practices. Learning these skills is important for clients to gain a sense of control over their recovery. This way, they can reap the benefits of these practices firsthand and with help before trying them on their own.

Addiction and One’s Environment 

As the recovery journey can be challenging for many, one’s environment is a very significant factor. Things such as accessibility and exposure to substances, geographic disadvantages, and the presence of various disorders in friends and family can all impact the effectiveness of one’s recovery journey. Racial and ethnic inequities also factor into the environmental risks of addiction and substance abuse. On a more personal level, one’s home life can have an environmental influence on alcohol or drug abuse. 

These factors are not only influential on one’s addiction but can become risky after embarking on a recovery journey. Being surrounded by factors environmental triggers can lead clients into relapse or further emotional distress. It is important to be surrounded by people and an environment that are conducive to one’s recovery. 

The Environment and Community at Roots Recovery

At Roots Recovery, a trained team is assigned to each client to produce the best possible outcomes for one’s recovery. The staff works to make each client’s journey personal and emphasizes creating a safe environment for clients to heal. At Roots recovery, clients can find peers and group therapies where they can interact with each other and form a greater sense of environmental support. 

After treatment, staff and treatment teams stay in touch with clients, continuing support and guidance outside of Roots’ walls. This helps clients steer clear of old habits. Support in this form is especially helpful for those who are unable to remove themselves from a possibly harmful environment. 

One’s Environment After Recovery and Treatment

Though recovery is a long process and a continuous journey, leaving treatment can lead clients back to their old environments. One’s at-home atmosphere, peer group, neighborhood, and more can be influential environmental factors post-treatment. 

Creating a safe space at home for clients to continue healing should be a priority. If leaving one’s environment is not possible, implementing strategies and practices—such as different kinds of self-care like meditation, other grounding exercises, or continuing therapy—can help combat these environmental difficulties. 

Here at Roots Recovery, we work with clients to create a safe and comfortable environment for them to heal emotionally on their recovery journey. Addiction recovery can lead to emotional distress, often in the form of co-occurring disorders. With the possibility of mental illness surfacing in clients in mind, Roots works to heal the mind, body, and soul in a whole-person approach. This allows clients to understand themselves on a deeper level and express their emotions in different ways. As this is a safe and welcoming environment, Roots encourages clients to implement different strategies of self-care into their lives outside of treatment. Clients can combat their environmental struggles to foster a prosperous life. Call (562) 473-0827 to learn more.

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