Let me tell you that rehab for your emotions is not a bad idea at all. We have gone through pandemics and many of us have gone through all of life’s other stressors at the same time. Finances, growing up the kids, handling our own relationships. Our emotions can take a battering over the years. Add to that unresolved issues from childhood and some shadow work and we can be heading from a nervous breakdown! Rehab for your emotions is not a luxury. It is a necessity for most people today, in America, Europe or Africa. That’s that. Depression, anxiety and addictions to pharmaceutical drugs people use to cope is through the roof! Slowly we are seeing that emotional work is a necessity, a daily and weekly practice of the utmost importance. So get that straight first. Invest in self care and self love or suffer the consequences.
Understanding our feelings is no easy task. Most of us have felt the burden of shame at one time or another. Some of us may have been dishonest about our feelings – to ourselves and others – for fear we would be found out or others would know too much. Hurtful feelings frequently surface in healing therapy, and when we hurt, we feel bad. Words like miserable or sad can describe these hurtful feelings. Sometimes we not only feel bad, we believe we are bad. We not only hurt, we also believe something is wrong not only with our use of emotional escapes, but with the core of who we are. We feel something is lacking – we feel inadequate and empty.
That pervasive feeling of chronic emptiness is often something like an emotion of shame. The void is deepened by self-reproach and a constant longing to be filled. But who the hell do we talk to about our shame. Years of bottling up our emotions can cause havoc on our sanity. Before we blink, we can be in the midst of depression, burnout and stress overload that we cannot find our way out of without help without some kind of rehab for your emotions.
First let us discuss the topic of powerlessness. All it means and clarifies, if we are honest with ourselves, is that whatever we have tried in the past to heal, control, fix, adapt, hide and bottle up our emotions has not worked:
Admitted we were powerless over our emotions? Yes, if you want to get beyond the first part of Step One, and regain a manageable life. For me, admitting I did not have power over my emotions was an easy thing to “admit”, in my early EA recovery. After all, would I have ended up with the unmanageability that landed me in hospital if I did not have some kind of powerlessness over anxiety, hormones, and sleep? Not likely.
Only thing was, in the back of my mind, I got hooked on a new belief, that program work could give me back “power” or “control” OVER my emotions. Yes, program gives me back manageability, if I hold that as a possibility, not an EXPECTATION. Subtle stuff.
But you know, as I got stable, even well, I went back to thinking I was in control of my emotions. Only problem? I did not know consciously that’s what I was thinking. Now I know it is this kind of subtle belief, coupled with my strong will and desire to help myself (thank you very much), that brings me inevitably back to another encounter with Step One.
THAT way of thinking, leads right back to Denial. Perhaps this is exactly why doctors will tell us we need to medicate, forever, for depression, bipolar and the like. They know we are human, and odds are we’ll go back to our old ways, whenever we can! I am no different.
Through program of emotions anonymous, a program that is Rehab for your emotions, I like to believe I beat the odds. I am counting on that because I also believe in weaning off medications. In order not to return again and again to wackiness, my understanding of Step One must sometimes look intellectual. I have to THINK my way into using the program way to care for myself. First things first, means me admitting that my emotional wellness depends on allowing myself to feel my emotions. Sometimes it means admitting, I need to use medications again until things are more manageable again. But if my medications keep me from feeling that makes my program walk less effective.
You see, I am not a human doing, but a human being. I need to BE real and true to myself, and my feelings.
For me, Step One of emotions anon means admitting to myself every day that I am vulnerable to relapse under particular conditions. When triggering conditions occur, I need a plan of self-care that is informed by a relationship with a Higher Power. Only through that relationship with an HP, who works with each of us through the power of groups we belong to (I include you all in this) can I reconnect with sanity, during “insanity triggering” times.
SERENITY PRAYER God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.
HELPFUL CONCEPTS of Rehab for your emotions that come from the emotions anonymous program, just one of dozens of programs you can use with us to heal your life.
1. We come to EA to learn how to live a new way of life through the twelve-step program of Emotions Anonymous which consists of Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, concepts, the Serenity Prayer, slogans, Just for Today’s, EA literature, weekly meetings, telephone and personal contacts, and living the program one day at a time. We do not come for another person—we come to help ourselves and to share our experiences, strength, and hope with others. So this means that Rehab for your emotions is a new way of life. You take time and invest in self care. That’s the end of the story.
2. We are experts only on our own stories, how we try to live the program, how the program works for us, and what EA has done for us. No one speaks for Emotions Anonymous as a whole.
3. We respect anonymity—no questions are asked. We aim for an atmosphere of love and acceptance. We do not care who you are or what you have done. You are welcome.
4. In this Rehab for your emotions program, we do not judge; we do not criticize; we do not argue. We do not give advice regarding personal or family affairs.
5. EA is not a sounding board for continually reviewing our miseries, but a way to learn to detach ourselves from them. Part of our serenity comes from being able to live at peace with unsolved problems.
6. We never discuss religion, politics, national or international issues, or other belief systems or policies. EA has no opinion on outside issues.
7. Emotions Anonymous is a spiritual program, not a religious program. We do not advocate any particular belief system.
8. The steps suggest a belief in a Power greater than ourselves. This can be human love, a force for good, the group, nature, the universe, God, or any entity a member chooses as a personal Higher Power.
9. We utilize the program—we do not analyze it. Understanding comes with experience. Each day we apply some part of the program to our personal lives.
10. We have not found it helpful to place labels on any degree of illness or health. We may have different symptoms, but the underlying emotions are the same or similar. We discover we are not unique in our difficulties and illnesses.
11. Each person is entitled to his or her own opinions and may express them at a meeting within the guidelines of EA. We are all equal—no one is more important than another.
12. Part of the beauty and wonder of the EA program is that at meetings we can say anything and know it stays there. Anything we hear at a meeting, on the telephone, or from another member is confidential and is not to be repeated to anyone—EA members, mates, families, relatives or friends.
For more help with Rehab for your emotions get in touch with Pathways Addiction Treatment Programs. For depression and anxiety and other emotional issues we have a bunch of other programs that really, really do change lives and get people out of the chaos that they are living in. Yes, unmanageable emotions are chaos. So, don’t pretend that depression and the like are a norm. Aim much higher these issues are very, very treatable. Rehab for your emotions is a call away. firstname.lastname@example.org or call +27824424779.