When seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction at Serenity Acres, clients start with an intensive addiction recovery program after detox. They attend individual, group and family therapy and learn vital coping mechanisms and life skills. But what if the addict is not ready to talk? What if they haven’t made sense of their behavior?

At our holistic treatment center, we get patients in all stages of addiction recovery. Some have reached rock bottom and are fully committed to their recovery, while others have been strongly encouraged to enter treatment by their families. Maybe they were given an ultimatum, so they took it, but they aren’t exactly on board with treatment. With so many backgrounds, personalities and underlying factors, it’s safe to say that each journey to sobriety is unique.

The Significance of Journaling

Journaling is a very positive way for addicts to self reflect and cope with their addiction. Having a journal helps you document your progress, record your daily experiences, and make connections between thoughts, feelings, and actions. Journals are great tools to use for identifying your goals, habit patterns, conflicts and gratitudes. They can also help you express your thoughts and deal with your emotions in a private and holistic manner.

Journaling serves as a series of checkpoints during your quest to sobriety. Each checkpoint is helps you gain another perspective towards your addiction. There are often very painful memories underlying most addiction. If you try to bury these experiences instead of deal with them, they will almost certainly come back to haunt you. Ultimately these feelings of anxiety, depression, guilt, remorse, and low self-esteem will greatly increase your chances of relapse if you don’t get a hold on them.

Although apprehensive at first, we remind our clients that journaling consists of nothing but letting go. It’s private, so no one has to know what’s being written. Journaling is especially constructive for addicts who aren’t quite ready to open up during counseling sessions. Some may not even know where to begin. Journaling helps recovering addicts when they feel frustrated, defeated or even on the brink of relapse. By keeping a detailed journal, these clients have something to look back on.

Journaling can ultimately prevent relapse as well. When an addict gets the urge to use, they often don’t know how to deal with their craving. If they can’t get a hold of their sponsor, for instance, they may start feeling alone. Journaling can help a recovering addict during a moment like this. They can either look back on a time when they have had familiar feelings and remember why they they didn’t give in to temptation, or write another entry about their thoughts and feelings. Hopefully by the time the entry has been written, the feelings of using again will subside.

Journaling is an excellent tool for self reflection. Many clients continue keeping a journal long after treatment because of its unbiased outlet for sharing feelings, emotions, thoughts and progress.

If you or someone you love may need help for their substance abuse, call the admissions team at Serenity Acres today for more information.