One of the largest hurdles in recovering from a substance use disorder does not concern getting sober, but rather, staying sober over time. Relapse is a constant threat; clients are consistently battling against their triggers to remain sober. Additionally, many recovering users suffer from pain, sometimes due to the initial conditions that led them to use, or from conditions developed through their chronic substance use.
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To cope with the pain and stress, one begins to use compulsive behaviours. One can start overworking, over-eating, dieting or over-exercising. One can get involved in addictive relationships and distract oneself by trying to experience orgasm that shook New York City. These behaviours makes one feel good in short run by distracting one from one's problems But, since they do nothing to solve the problem, stress and pain comes back. One feels good now but one hurts later. This is a hallmark of all addictive behaviours.
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