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What Are Emotional Blockages?

Emotional blockages add to our emotional pain and make the process of recovery a much more challenging prospect. These blockages can present themselves any time we try to suppress, avoid, or escape our emotions. Using our drug of choice to distract ourselves from our feelings strengthens these blockages. When we retreat into our relationships rather than confronting our unresolved issues, blocks can arise. We’re not moving through our pain, processing it, or healing from it. Instead, we bury it and sweep it under the rug so we can forget it even exists. The discomfort and weight of our difficult emotions are terrifying to us, so we practice avoidance. When we don’t feel these emotions, however, we aren’t able to heal from them. Emotional blockages develop from this resistance. Once we begin the process of recovery, these blocks become significant impediments to our progress. 

Unhealthy Emotional Responses

When we’re blocked emotionally, we don’t have a healthy relationship with our feelings. We’re not able to express or communicate them. In fact, we have a hard time understanding them at all. Our emotions leave us bewildered, and we’re unable to come to terms with them. The feelings we’ve fought so hard to avoid become even more overwhelming and overpowering. We might find ourselves easily triggered, or we might have intense emotional reactions. In turn, we lash out at people or harm ourselves. Others might find themselves retreating inwards, unable to deal with challenging emotions. These emotions leave us suffering in silence and keeping our feelings to ourselves. Our blockages cause intense emotional fluctuations, steep mood swings, and difficult episodes of depression and anxiety. We can even experience breakdowns in our mental and emotional health. 

Healing Ourselves by Feeling Our Emotions

We can clear our emotional blockages and heal ourselves by allowing ourselves to feel our emotions. By summoning our inner strength and courage, we can face feelings we’ve been afraid to feel before. We can finally unearth our buried emotions and let them come to the surface after years of suppressing them. With the help of our therapists, recovery coaches, sponsors, and spiritual guides, we can finally handle this important work. The more we process our emotions in healthy ways, the more we can make peace with them and move forward in our recovery.

No matter how great your emotional blockages have become, there is a solution. If you’re interested in healing your past for a better future, our experienced staff can help. The Guest House is a welcoming and supportive recovery home where you will be met with open arms, wherever you are on your journey, without judgment or expectation. Call 855-483-7800 today for more information.