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Why Do Some Days Feel So Hard?

Some days are harder than others. Some days you wake up feeling good and everything goes smoothly. Some days you can’t brush your teeth without poking yourself in the eye. Then it gets worse from there. Most days are somewhere in the middle.

In the beginning, more days will be toward the hard end of the spectrum. You’re adapting to a lot at once. You may still be getting the drugs out of your system and feeling withdrawal symptoms. You may take a while to recover from the physical stress of addiction. You have to deal with a lot of uncertainty. For a long time, much of your life was structured around using, and now you have to figure out a new way to live. That requires some trial and error, and at first there will be a lot of errors. Not every medication or therapy or coping strategy works for everyone and it will take some time to figure out what works best for you.

You have to do all this while dealing with cravings, fear of relapse, and possibly your normal responsibilities. It might feel like repairing a ship under sail. The conditions aren’t stable, but you have to try anyway.

On any given day, you might face an unexpected challenge. Or you might face several. The days when several bad things happen–some of which you may have caused yourself–are the days when it feels like everything is coming apart. You feel like it’s just too much and nothing will ever get better. This is when it’s important to remember that how you feel now is only a feeling. Yesterday, it felt like nothing could go wrong, and today, it feels like nothing can go right. Tomorrow or the next day will feel better and in hindsight today won’t seem so bad.

Good routines and good habits are another way to deal with bad days. You are trying to figure out a new way to live. When you find something that works for you, make it part of your routine. The more good habits you accumulate, the better your days will be in general. No one is immune to bad days, of course, but if you regularly do the things that keep you healthy and sober, at least you reduce the chances of sabotaging yourself.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help. We specialize in detox and getting you started in treatment that works best for you. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.