5 Ways to Manage Your Emotions Without Hydrocodone

5 Ways to Manage Your Emotions Without Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone dependence is a devastating physical and psychological disease. Millions of people become addicted to this powerful narcotic every year after simply filling a prescription given to them by a doctor they trust. Some are born with a biological predisposition toward addiction. Some are struggling with an underlying psychological disorder such as anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and find that hydrocodone provides emotional relief. Regardless of how you became hooked on this pain medication, however, you must learn to manage your emotions if you are ever to overcome this disease.

Emotions and Addiction

The intoxicating high experienced while using hydrocodone or other opiates directly impacts the same part of the brain that is responsible for the following emotional functions:

  • Impulse control
  • Memory
  • Appetite
  • Sleeping and waking
  • Sexual response
  • Managing feelings
  • Self-esteem
  • Optimism for the future
  • The ability to delay gratification
  • Anger management
  • Danger response (thrill seeking or risk avoidance)
  • Learning behaviors and forming habits

Hydrocodone provides immediate, short-term relief for any underlying emotional distress, pain or anxiety. The brain recognizes this relief on a subconscious level that is much more powerful in guiding behavior than conscious thought. In this way, addiction is directly related to emotional health. It is not possible to successfully overcome hydrocodone addiction without identifying and addressing any and all underlying psychological disorders as well.

Five Emotion Management Techniques

Managing emotions may seem like a simple enough process, but any honest addict can tell you that it can be extremely difficult. The following five suggestions may help you to manage your emotions related to drug use instead of letting your emotions manage you:

  • Meditation and Mindfulness: Although the underlying concepts are based in Eastern thought and religion, the principles of mindfulness are highly scientific and reliable. Developing an ability to maintain a conscious awareness of the emotions that are influencing you is a critical step in the recovery process. The most effective treatment programs invest significant time and effort in the cultivation of mindfulness techniques.
  • Diagnosing Co-Occurring Disorders: Under the care of specialized psychologists and other doctors you can identify and diagnose any underlying or co-occurring disorders that are driving your behavior. Many people are completely unaware of how trauma, chemical imbalances, or substance abuse have caused these less obvious issues.
  • 12-Step Programs: Recovery groups that use the time-tested 12-Step process are excellent resources for cultivating and maintaining self-awareness and helpful connections to others in recovery.
  • Journaling or Creative Expression: For many people, the process of journaling, songwriting, painting or other creative expression helps them manage feelings of melancholy, loneliness, despair, boredom or anger.
  • Ongoing Education and Counseling: Taking advantage of ongoing, long-term, aftercare is one of the most important tools in the recovery toolbox. Most people become aware of different issues gradually, over time. Ongoing counseling and education can help you to process new realizations appropriately.

Through effective and thorough treatment you can learn to manage your emotions without relying on substance abuse.

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If you would like more information about hydrocodone addiction treatment, emotional management, or other issues related to recovery, please call our toll-free helpline right now. Our staff is available at any hour to explore treatment options with you and to connect you with resources that can change your life for the better.

Until you learn to manage your emotions you will continue to find yourself being driven to do harmful things to yourself and others. Grab the reigns and take control of your mind. We can help. Call right now.