What to Do When the Euphoria Ends?

People who have suffered an addiction for a long time often need to go through detox before transferring to a rehab. Some, in a less critical stage, choose to go to a rehab for addiction treatment and to receive support. Still, others struggling to overcome an addiction decide to tackle it with the help and support of fellowship meetings such as AA or NA.

Whatever the avenue a person takes to become substance free, their recovery can begin with a feeling of euphoria. Euphoria can occur from the relief of finally addressing an addiction. Euphoric feelings, however, need to be monitored carefully because they can have a negative effect. What happens are thoughts that hinder the person in recovery from looking closely at the extent of their real problems. All they feel is the euphoria, so why not go with that?

It’s realistic for people in early recovery to feel a bit of euphoria. They’ve undertaken a huge step—one that is lifesaving, but they also need to focus on what is important to sustain a lasting recovery. Euphoria can bring about overconfidence and complacency. When the euphoria dies down and normal emotions take over, the newly recovered person can feel overwhelmed with disappointment. This could lead to a relapse.

Being alone can be difficult in early recovery, with feelings of fear, loneliness and not knowing what to do to ease the stress after euphoria. If you are a person experiencing the loss of euphoria, make a plan to talk to a counselor, therapist, or friends from your support group. Recovery has its ups and down, and there’s nothing like having the support you need to get you through the tough times. Friends can share their experiences and how they coped when euphoria went away. Therapists can teach coping mechanisms and help shift the focus from sadness, disappointment, guilt or shame, to one of motivation and forward thinking. Disappointment and let down after euphoria will change with hard work. In time, you can develop a renewed sense of life and purpose.

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” — Anne Lamott

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