Many people who struggle with addiction and suffer co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety, to name a few, often have a profound back story. They may have experienced a significant event or trauma in their lives. These people spend much of their lives carrying these experiences, struggling with the past and the pain. As a result, many of them can feel hopeless, helpless, and desperate.
For them, the only way to deal is to hide the pain, bury it with substances such as alcohol and drugs. For them, this is the only way to function. Eventually, however, they find themselves trapped in an endless cycle of addiction. And this is when the problem start.
However, when you find a way to deal with the trauma, loss, and negative events in your life, that’s when you begin to heal. That’s when you see that you don’t need substances like drugs and alcohol to escape to.
Ways of Healing Trauma and Loss
Here are some ways to help you in healing trauma and loss so that you can find renewal despite the challenges life throws at you.
1. Bury the past. Even if it takes for you to make a ceremony out of it, what’s important is that you do something that would be an impactful symbol of you letting go of what happened. In fact, even if you don’t make a production out of it, what’s important is that you learn to let go and let this free you.
2. Write letters. Write a letter to the person who hurt you. Release all the anger and everything that you’ve been feeling. It doesn’t matter how long or short the letter is. It doesn’t even matter if the letter gets sent. What’s important is that you release those bottled up feelings. And if you want, you can use these letters for your symbolic gesture of burying the past.
3. Cast stones. Find healing and renewal in a sea or a lake. Meditate there. And if you can find stones or rocks, write your feelings or the person or circumstance that hurt you. And then, throw the rocks and let them sink in the bottom of the water. This can be a powerful visualization of letting go of something traumatic and letting nature take its course.
4. Meditate. Doing yoga and meditation can do wonders not just for your health and well-being, but also your peace of mind. Make sure to find at least 10 to 20 minutes a day to unload your psyche and meditate. This can be a powerful form of healing that will allow you to make peace with yourself and your past.
Sometimes, you really need to close a chapter in your past and leave that all behind. Perhaps, this is the only way for you to move on and be functional and productive in your life.