By chemically making emotions, the bran will be helping you to survive. Full absorption of any emotion by your body will take it a few seconds. Since strong emotions are kept alive with your thoughts, they will last longer. You will feel like you are running for your life when you are recovering from an addiction. Different chemicals will start to be flooded in your body by your brain in an attempt to keep you alive. Not being able to work through your emotions can be debilitating even though emotions are useful. Being in early recovery from an addiction exposes you to feeling some intense emotions.
The intense emotions that you will be expected to have and how you can deal them are outlined in this article. You will have feelings of bliss; this is one of the emotions. Getting food when you were hungry is the same feeling of entering into recovery from addiction. Physical and emotional starvation will be happening if you are in active addiction. The possibilities that you were living in isolation since you were not getting the required nourishment from family members and friends are high.
The friends you had were probably in active addiction too, so they were not able to give you emotional fulfilment. Starting to enter into recovery will make your entire emotional being, mind and body to light up and you will feel complete with the world. It will be common for you to start having strong feelings of bliss after you make it through the first weeks of recovery. Guilt is the second strong emotion that you will be expected to feel.
Reliving mistakes, having a sense of heaviness in your body and strong emotions of self-hate are some of how guilt could be manifesting in your life. You should accept the guilt feelings; this is the first thing that you should do if you have guilt. It will be useful if you started an emotional journal to help you deal with feelings of guilt. Your emotional journal can be filled with the emotion that you are feeling, the thoughts that come to your mind and the time when you feel those emotions. Writing an emotional journal is one of the most effective and easiest tools since you only need a piece of paper and pen.
You will have feelings of shame; this is another intense emotion that you will be expected to have as you recover from addiction. Although guilt and shame may be related, they are completely different emotions. If you disagree with what you did, you will be having feelings of guilt. You will have feelings of shame if you disagree with who you are as an individual. Looking at yourself and seeing how your actions are affecting your life will happen when you are recovering from addiction. Healing and moving on will require honesty and clarity.