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Fighting Frustration

No one’s recovery from substance use is free from frustration. You’re going to come across things that you can’t change, no matter how hard you try. You can either let these things get you down and ruin your day or you can use your frustration as motivation to make change where you can. Fighting frustration is up to you, but we can help.

Using Frustration to Your Benefit

Fighting frustration doesn’t always have to be a losing battle. There are ways that you can use the frustration you’re feeling to your benefit. For example, frustration can help motivate you to make meaningful changes in your recovery. If you are struggling with substance use, attempting to stop using the substance you’ve relied upon for so long is sure to bring some frustration. Instead of letting these feelings overwhelm you, it’s important to try and find a silver lining. One way to do this is to ask yourself why you are feeling frustrated. Is it because you’re resisting something that may be good for your well-being because it’s uncomfortable or different? Try to figure out what your frustration is telling you about what you are currently struggling with. You can do this by pausing in a difficult moment to reassess. Frustration can often bring other emotions that are difficult to deal with, so taking a step back to figure out the inner workings of your frustration can be monumental. Taking this pause can help you decide what you should do to fight the frustration you’re feeling by finding meaningful changes you can make to better your recovery.

For When You Can’t Make a Change

Although finding ways to fight your frustration is a good step to take, you may not always be able to make a meaningful change. Knowing when you must accept the fact that you can’t change the situation is key. You don’t want to fight your frustration if you know you’re in a losing battle. This is when you stop engaging. If you’re struggling with something in your recovery that you can’t change, use radical acceptance to let go and move on. Give yourself the time and space to decide what is worth fighting for and what isn’t. Fighting frustration isn’t always the right choice. Have the self-awareness to recognize the situation you’re in and make the decision that is right for you.


Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help you fight frustration when it’s appropriate. We can help you make meaningful changes in your recovery. Call us today at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to help you. Call now!