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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Don’t Let Nostalgia Harm Your Recovery

Especially during the holiday season, it’s pretty easy to start feeling nostalgia – or wistfully longing for a return to past times or places. 

While summoning loving memories of family and friends is helpful – and it may even give you that added push to get through some tough days – reminiscing about partying or bar hopping is a slippery slope to relapse. 

This is partly because nostalgia can cause you to romanticize your addiction – and forget about those embarrassing moments, destructive relationships, sick feelings, damaged friendships and/or emotional wounds that also came with drinking or drugging. And this can work on the mind to tempt you back to addiction.

  • Be selective about your nostalgia. Make a conscious choice to let go of any memories that can be harmful to your hard-won recovery. For example, be sure to keep any favorite bar tunes off of your playlist.  
  • Keep a journal. And be sure to detail all of the negative aspects of addiction a well as all of the positives of recovery. 
  • Focus on your sober life. Remind yourself daily why you choose to commit to sobriety and dwell on the exciting and new experiences, people, and activities you now have thanks to your recovery.
  • Take time to make new memories. This is the perfect time to put all of your efforts into the present – do extra recovery work, repair past relationships, form new friendships with peers, and create new sober memories. You’ll be too busy to be nostalgic for the past. 
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