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Can Laughter Help Recovery? 

Humor has proven scientific effects in helping people heal. Physically, mentally, and spiritually, people often desire to grow and heal in recovery but forget to laugh about the journey. The fun of the party seems to be gone with the addiction but employing humor is more than just laughing at the past. It is about finding humor in the everyday circumstances people find themselves. Laughter can really help recovery. There are some great ways to inject a little laughter into the journey without taking away from the seriousness of the situation.

Embrace Good with Bad

Laughing at oneself or others is not about making fun. It is more about finding humor in the circumstances people find themselves in. Sober comedians or people who can laugh about their past addiction issues often are able to toe the line between what is funny about it and what is not. Everyone has their threshold for humor so it depends on what some people find funny. People in recovery can learn to look (eventually) in their life and laugh about some of the things that happened. They can also find laughter in the daily activities they do as well as the challenges. This helps make things seem less difficult and eases the journey a bit.

Laughing at Personal Failure

This one is harder in recovery than people think. Even when people have a good sense of humor, realizing what they’ve done hurt themselves and others do not seem funny. However, there is something to be said about laughing off some of the weirder things that happen as a result of addiction. It may be looking at how many times it took to stop using substances and finally get clean compared to sober friends. It might be simply looking away from addiction and seeing things to laugh at in real life like good movies and comedy shows on television. It doesn’t always have to center on recovery or sobriety but sometimes it helps to laugh at the circumstances of one’s life while trying to make sense of it all. 

Detach from Daily Life

Finding things to laugh at helps detach from the anxiety and stress of daily life. Some comedians are really good at helping people see the humor of daily existence. Mostly because they have struggled so much with it themselves. They also understand the outlandish and crazy ways people behave, including themselves, that help them unwind. 

Being funny and finding humor in daily life can help people examine their own insecurities and flaws. When a person is able to laugh at some parts of their own story, they have a chance to heal some of the pain and finally make some peace with it in the end. 

The Guest House Ocala knows that addiction is never funny, but there can be humor and laughter to be found in recovery. Finding ways to laugh again helps heal the burden and challenge of addiction. Let us help you find joy again after addiction. Call us to find out how to get started: 1-855-483-7800