The responsibilities of motherhood are tremendous, and recovery from addiction can seem like an impossible challenge. The idea that one owes it to your children to recover can put an extra amount of unnecessary pressure on the mother. There are programs designed to walk you through this process because it’s attainable with the proper support. Mothers in recovery can succeed and live normal, fulfilling lives if they have the proper guidance and support system in place to avoid a relapse.
How Can One Achieve Long-Term Sobriety as a Mother?
Building a solid foundation consists of a supportive community of other moms who are also recovering from drug abuse and alcoholism. There is increased devastation within the family when the toll of substance abuse is affecting the mother. The way mothers with long-standing sobriety from alcohol and drugs have built this strong foundation is by learning to implement the process of giving and receiving.
The first step is to realize that the guilt and shame led by thinking that mothers should have already mastered everything can be let go. Being vulnerable and sharing your secrets, feelings, and emotions with other recovering mothers will help to reveal that healing is possible when you see that women with long term sobriety don’t judge as mothers suspect they would.
Mothers who consistently work on their foundation of making meetings and making phone calls will create long-lasting friendships. The high rate of relapse with mothers is directly correlated to holding on to resentments.
Parents in Recovery Can Succeed
The journey of healing is a life-long and daily process where mothers can learn to process anger constructively and find healthy ways to deal with anger. Practicing the approach of a pause, a step back, and looking at the role of the mother in triggering situations is something that Recreate Life Counseling is designed to facilitate.
Spiritualty looks different for every individual mother, but the application of a habitual routine will bring miraculous change. Finding time to either exercise, meditate, sing, dance, volunteer, or reflect upon nature on a regular basis will help fill the void that only a Higher Power can fill. The Harvard Health Medical School article on Exercise and Fitness covers not only the physical but the mind and mood benefits of regular physical activity.
Exercising regularly, every day if possible, is the single most important thing you can do for your health. In the short term, exercise helps to control appetite, boost mood, and improve sleep. In the long term, it reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, depression, and many cancers. (Harvard Health Medical School)
Mothers know that dedicated parenting skills can take a toll on their personal self-care. Learning to treat oneself with respect, compassion and self-love will help mothers to be able to evaluate the times that they are tempted to allow themselves to go hungry or feel tired. Practicing self-care can be a nap, a trip alone to the beach, a walk with motivational speakers on the headphones, or even scheduling a day to binge-watch Netflix. Thoughts, feelings, fears, and problems will come up for mothers, but the mantra “Don’t pick up no matter what” will get these mothers through the trials of life and help them achieve their own long-term sobriety.
How Can We Help Recovering Mothers?
Here at our treatment center, we provide group therapy, individual counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention treatment, trauma therapy, holistic therapy, and many more services that will help in facilitating the journey of motherhood and recovery. We understand every mother has individual needs and our assessment methods will ensure a recovery plan is specially designed for each mother based on her life. Our team of substance abuse professionals is here to answer all of your questions about getting help for yourself or an addicted loved one.