Managing Suffering

Managing Suffering

In mental health by Tree House Recovery

If we examine closely the most important philosophical, theological, and mythological notions of being in life, we see a common theme running through them all which is the perspective that suffering is an inescapable aspect of human life. The more we are able to come into a state of acceptance of this fact, the more we will be able to calmly and patiently weather these storms through the engagement of right action. If we accept that suffering is an intrinsic part of living, we can begin to see that the solution to this is the ability to maximize well-being in order to fortify ourselves against the onslaught of potential horrors life can throw our way. Some individuals spend their entire lives trying how to figure out the best way to maximize their well-being; as addicts in recovery, however, we are thrust into an experience where we must adopt ways in which we can manage our suffering lest we be forced to regress back into our old addictive behaviors and perspectives.

In order to understand practical ways in which we can begin to minimize our suffering, let’s examine some strategies that we can employ on a personal level. First, we can adopt a policy of rigorous honesty; maintaining truth in our speech helps to minimize suffering because we often get ourselves in uncomfortable and anxiety producing situations when we engage in lying. Secondly, we can take just five minutes out of each day to appreciate and be grateful for not only for what we have, but also for the opportunity to be alive in this moment where space and time collide. Having a perspective where we are able to be grateful allows us to enjoy more deeply the pleasure we are afforded in our lives. Lastly, and arguably the most difficult of the steps we can take to minimize suffering, is the ability to become willing to do whatever it takes to secure our sobriety. As anyone who has experienced relapse can tell us, a relapse back into the addicted state is the best way to maximize the amount of suffering we experience. When we are in this state, we return to an experience of isolation, despair, anxiety, and turmoil.



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