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Everyone uses substances for a reason. We are all trying to cope in our own ways. For some of us, we use substances as a means to feel numbness–a feeling of haze, of nothingness, of emptiness. Sometimes life gets very heavy and burdensome. The numbness can be a release of the heaviness and a way to quiet our minds and escape from reality. However, that release never lasts. It leaves us needing more and never being really satisfied. Learning to cope without the numbness can be a challenge. If you are at the point in life where you would rather feel nothing than the daily emotions of your life, it may be time to evaluate your situation. Seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone needs help in their life at some point or another. A professional can help us to better understand why we seek the emptiness. They can help us determine where it is coming from and how to work through it. 

Working Through Recovery

Learning to understand our emotions is a huge part of recovery. Acknowledging how we are feeling at the time when we are feeling it can be a challenge. It can feel scary or even awkward to look inside to see what we are going through. If we have sought numbness for a long period of time, finding and feeling our emotions will be a big change. When we begin to feel that pain, that in and of itself is a huge accomplishment. Learning to feel our pain is an amazing first step. It takes a huge amount of courage to look inside and explore. Working with a professional can help us determine where our pain is coming from. We cannot learn to work through our pain until we learn where it is coming from, how it got there, and why we have been burying it so deeply. 


Some of us seek numbness to drown out the pain and the noise of our lives. It can seem easier to feel empty than to feel all of the chaos that fills life. However, the numbness never lasts. Seeking recovery can help you learn to understand your numbness, to know why you seek the emptiness instead of a fulfilled, happy life. Working with a mental health professional can help to open doors and understand our past in a way we never have before. The Guest House is ready to help you on your recovery journey. Call us today to learn more about our therapeutic options at (855) 483-7800.