How to Accept Good with the Bad

Cocaine addiction, like any other addiction, can cause complete and utter chaos for both yourself and those around you. When it comes to your addiction, the only good you often associate with it is when you experience that first high. After that initial high, however, you find yourself in the never-ending cycle of using and buying. Once you decide to seek treatment for your cocaine addiction you may start to see the true impact the addiction has had on your life.

Once you accept the negative effects addiction has on your life, you may see treatment as a blessing that allows you to finally learn to change your life around and take back control from your addiction. With this new lifestyle of sobriety, you may find that although there are numerous good things that happen to you, that adjusting to the unexpected or bad moments may take some time. However, learning how to accept both the good and the bad in life can help support your recovery.

Accepting the Good and Bad of Addiction Recovery

Despite how you feel while using, cocaine addiction typically causes negative side effects for your life.  These effects can affect an individual’s health, financial status, and jeopardize any and all healthy relationships you may have. Included in the following are some examples on how to accept both the good and bad while in recovery:

  • Have a strong support system
  • Have an outlet
  • Have a routine

Early in addiction treatment, you are typically emotionally fragile and if something unexpected happens you often find yourself focusing on the negatives and forgetting about all the positives. Because of this frail state, while in treatment you primarily focus on achieving abstinence, preventing relapse, and managing cravings. This is why in the early stages of treatment they emphasize the importance of having a strong support system.[1]

Having a strong support system gives you the much-needed support when you experience a temptation or come face to face with your drug of choice. Your support system should consist of those who support your sobriety, are trustworthy, and are sober themselves. In addition to having a strong support system, it is also important to have an outlet, which can help you work through your temptation or bad day without using. Outlets can include exercise, hobbies, or even family events to help you work through your emotions instead of resorting to your previous coping methods of cocaine use.

Establishing a routine, especially early in recovery, can help prevent unexpected events from occurring.  Although not every aspect of your life can be controlled, having a solid routine in place can help lessen the number of unexpected events, which could jeopardize your sobriety.

Learning to take the good with the bad is all about maintaining perspective and one’s mental health.  During the initial stages of recovery, you are emotionally drained yet have a tremendous amount of motivation to continue with your sobriety. As time progresses, you will mentally become stronger and able to fight temptation better. However, it is also common that as recovery progresses your motivation may start to slowly decrease. During this time, you may find yourself starting to focus on the bad and forgetting about all the positive or good things that happen to you on a daily basis. Included in the following are some examples of the positives to remember when your facing hard times:

  • Family and friends
  • Health
  • Abundance of resources at your disposal

Maybe the reason you sought sobriety was because you saw how your cocaine addiction was affecting your loved ones and friends and now that you are in recovery, you find that your relationships with them have drastically improved. All relationships face ups and downs, and during difficult times with loved ones you may question whether sobriety is worth it. However, knowing that you ultimately have their support and you can work through any disagreements or difficulties is a great source of motivation.

Remember how your health drastically improved once you sought treatment compared to prior to treatment when your addiction was full blown. While in treatment you not only were taught healthy living skills such as cooking, exercise, and healthy stress management skills, but you were also informed how to seek addiction help or resources when needed. Do not forget to use these resources or reach out to others when you need that little extra boost during a difficult day.

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If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to cocaine and feels defeated and alone, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment for your condition. You’re not alone in your battle against addiction, we are here to help so call us today!


[1], 5 Stages of Treatment, NCBI, 02/13/2016.

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