Preparing Yourself for Grief and Loss in Addiction Recovery
Grief and loss, while not inevitable, are often intertwined with the addiction recovery process. You may need to say goodbye to friends, loved ones, habits, and even parts of your identity to move on fully and live a healthy and happy life in sobriety.
Does Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder Come with Grief and Loss?
While medical complications, accidental deaths, and drug overdoses that result in death are major factors contributing to loss along the path to sobriety, there is another form of loss that rarely gets discussed in treatment. This is the loss of friends, family, and activities that do not support a sober lifestyle.