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Resiliency Building During Setbacks

Recovery does not happen overnight. There will be ups and downs along the way as you discover and learn the path to long-term wellness that makes sense for you. Therefore, experiencing setbacks is not the end of the road but rather an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of yourself and your needs. At The Guest House, we are dedicated to helping you recognize those maladaptive coping mechanisms that have impeded your journey toward recovery. Through support tools like resiliency building, you can discover healthier ways to cope.

What Is Resiliency?

According to an article from Alcohol Research: Current Reviews, resiliency is your ability to display healthy coping behavior in the face of high stress. Moreover, with resiliency, you are able to adapt your psychological and physiological stress responses to deal with adversity.

Difficulties processing stress can lead to the development of unhealthy coping mechanisms like self-medicating with substances to avoid dealing with the psychological symptoms of stress. Your ability to adapt to and cope with acute and chronic stress in your life plays an important role in the development of substance use disorder (SUD) and relapse. However, with resiliency building, you can develop healthier coping skills to reduce opportunities for relapse for your long-term wellness.

Benefits of Resiliency in Recovery

Listed below are some of the psychological benefits of resiliency building in recovery:

  • Increases flexibility in thinking
  • Strengthens problem-solving skills
  • Increases optimism
  • Increases emotional regulation
  • Reduces emotional and avoidance coping
  • Increases cognitive coping
  • Strengthens focus and concentration

Resiliency Building Tools

Moreover, there is a variety of resiliency building skills and tools that can be used to support long-term recovery from SUD. As noted in an article from the U.S. Department of State, five skills and tools that can be used to reduce stress and build resiliency:

  • Engaging in self-care:
    • Meditation
    • Mindfulness
    • Breathing exercises
    • Physical activity
    • Sleep routine
    • Self-regulation skills
    • Recognize brain fatigue
    • Take a break to gain perspective
  • Active problem-solving:
    • Understanding what is and is not in your control
    • Identify and form strategies to deal with problems
    • Cognitive flexibility
    • Ask for help
    • Seek support to face your fears constructively
  • Building a positive outlook:
    • Gratitude
    • Reframing
    • Realistic Optimism
  • Utilizing social support systems:
    • Build and maintain healthy social connections
  • Embracing life fulfillment:
    • Find meaning and purpose
    • Identify core values
    • Self-reflection
    • Empathetic thinking
    • Self-awareness
    • Identify and evaluate values and beliefs that encourage self-defeating behaviors

With social support, you can learn how to build resiliency on your recovery journey.

Supporting Resiliency Building at the Guest House

As noted in an article from the Psychiatry Journal, positive high quality social support plays an important role in enhancing your resilience to stress. By leaning into social support, you are more prone to active coping strategies like problem-solving and reframing to deal with stress. At The Guest House, we are committed to providing that support network in a supportive and judgment-free environment. Moreover, through our holistic approach to healing, you can dismantle those self-defeating behaviors and build resiliency skills and tools for your long-term recovery.

Difficulties processing stress can lead to unhealthy coping strategies that can promote setbacks on your recovery journey. However, with resiliency building, you can increase your psychological resilience to stress with improved problem-solving skills, thinking flexibility, and cognitive coping, among others. Moreover, quality social support can also support healthy coping strategies. At The Guest House, we provide a holistic approach to healing to help you build resilience and dismantle those self-defeating behaviors in a supportive environment. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more.