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Processing Trauma And Loss: How To Cope Without Alcohol Consumption


Anyone who lives a long life has a good chance of running into trauma or loss at some point. They may see a loved one or friend die, or they could lose a beloved pet. They might get into a serious car wreck, or perhaps they’ll lose a job they very much enjoyed.


You might choose to seek alcohol addiction help so that you can talk about what is troubling you. A trained therapist can help you process what you’re feeling. It may take some time, but talk therapy has a lengthy track record of helping individuals who are working through tough situations. 

 

Such individuals need to watch for the symptoms of alcohol addiction. If they feel they are crossing into that territory, they can always seek help from a mental health professional.

 

If you’re dealing with loss or trauma, you should also know about some ways you can process those without resorting to drug or alcohol use. We’ll talk about some of them right now.

 

Get Into Therapy

 

If you are coping with loss or trauma, you may feel like no one understands what you are going through. These feelings can lead you to believe you are isolated, even when you’re in the company of others.

 

You might choose to see therapy so that you can talk about what is troubling you. A trained therapist can help you process what you’re feeling. It may take some time, but talk therapy has a lengthy track record of helping individuals who are working through tough situations.  

 

Try Meditating

 

You can also try meditating. You might download an application to your phone and try guided meditation. You can also simply lie down in a dark room with your eyes closed and focus on deep, mindful breathing.

 

Doing so can get you into a better head space. Meditation is another activity with a proven track record, and a therapist who you see about your feelings of trauma or loss might very well recommend that you try it.  

 

Try Yoga

 

You can try some simple yoga stretching exercises. Much like meditation, you can watch some videos online that will show you some of the basic techniques, or else you can attend some beginner yoga classes.

 

When you try yoga, you will get a good workout, and you will keep your body limber. However, there is also an element of meditation and mindfulness that is a part of most traditional forms of yoga.

 

Doing it regularly can start to improve your mood. Often, though, you must stick with it long enough to give it a chance before you begin to see some positive results.

 

Spend Time with Friends and Family

 

If you feel alone when dealing with your trauma or loss, you might ask to spend some time with those around you who you feel confident love you and care about you. Hopefully, you will have some family members and friends for whom that is the case.

 

Your family members and friends, if they truly care about you, should be willing to help you navigate these difficult times.


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