The feelings we experience in our lives occur spontaneously and vary from the good, like love and friendship, to the less desirable, such as anger or anxiety.
It’s our continuous contact with these feelings that forms our stable emotional foundation. From this foundation we grow into individuals whose creativity and aliveness mark us as unique and special.
The addict’s numbed emotions
The aim is for the client’s emotional foundation to be stabilised, resulting in feelings of resilience and independence
In addiction, the capacity to feel emotions is numbed through constant drug use. Emotional contact with the self is lost and the emotional foundation is increasingly eroded over time.
This creates an unstable core that leads to feelings of depression or anxiety. Addicts often experience violent mood swings. These are all symptoms that point to emotional numbness as the cause of the problem.
Learning to feel again
A robust and genuine recovery is in part about learning how to feel again. Recovery Here Now understands that emotional numbing is a reaction to trauma, and we teach emotional re-integration as the start of a repairing process.
The aim is for the client’s emotional foundation to be stabilised, resulting in feelings of resilience and independence.