Allowing Yourself to Feel Good

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If you have been thinking about beginning the process of recovery from trauma, mental illness, and/or substance use disorder (SUD), feeling good may feel like a foreign concept.

If you are struggling with SUD and mental illness, you may get used to feeling like you are always struggling and believe that you are not worthy of feeling good. You might also question whether you are able to change your unhealthy ways of coping and living so that you can live the life you are meant to live and deserve.

Starting recovery can allow you to begin changing the way you think about struggling, without letting it dictate how you live your life.

What if the Other Shoe Doesn’t Drop?

One common phenomenon for those who suffer from trauma, mental illness, and SUD is waiting for and preparing for “the other shoe to drop.” In recovery, you can learn to accept the things you cannot change and how to make peace with uncertainty. Ultimately, you can learn how to feel safe feeling positive about yourself.

You Are Worthy Because You Exist

There tends to be a narrative in modern society that assumes that if you work really hard and achieve great things, you will feel good. While there are certain things you can practice in your life to make you feel good — such as self-care, honoring healthy boundaries, and receiving support from others — it is important to remember that you also get to feel good because you are worthy. Feeling good is not always dependent on what you do or achieve. What if you could remember that you are worthy of feeling good simply because you are?

Recovery allows for self-discovery, connecting you with your true self rather than how you have been feeling or thinking in the past. Just because you have struggled up until now does not mean you will have to forever. Healing is possible.

Feeling you’re constantly struggling and stuck in cycles of addiction can seem permanent. However, recovery can give you the tools to unlearn what it means to struggle and cultivate safety in feeling whole. At Avalon Malibu, we recognize how intimidating it can feel to start changing how you live and the way you think about yourself. Our treatment team will support you as you connect with your true self, letting go of the unhealthy patterns that had been preventing you from feeling worthy of feeling good. If you are ready to begin your recovery journey, call us at (844) 857-5992.

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