Handling Death and Remaining Sober

Stress and grief are triggers that can send a person in recovery back down a spiraling path of substance abuse. Grief and addiction often co-occur, as the addiction can mask the pain and sense of loss that grief brings with it. In order to help keep your sobriety on track, there are a few tools that you should have in your arsenal to ensure that your good health continues.

Remain Sober after a Death by Finding Support

Dealing with loss and substance abuse isn’t something you need to handle on your own. Even with the steadfast support of your friends and family, it may be necessary for you to reach out to someone else for more help. Get help for grief that you are experiencing, as there is no shame for asking for more help. You will find that getting help will help to ensure that your sobriety is less at risk. Help can come in the form of the following:

  • An addiction helpline allows you to interact with impartial people who can provide you with the clarity that may be missing from your other help avenues
  • A grief helpline can provide you with clarity and offer suggestions for the treatment of stages of grief that you will be experiencing
  • Grief counseling in conjunction with counseling for addiction and depression can provide you with the strength that you need
  • Going to an addiction support group will surround you with positive peers who will understand everything you are experiencing

Dealing with a recent loss and an addiction can be incredibly difficult. The desire to give up your sobriety can be strong, so please do not hesitate to get help for grief.

Grief, Addiction and Co-Occurring Mental Health Issues

If your grief or emotional concerns are more than sadness, you should get help for co-occurring addiction and mental health issues as well. This will ensure that you are equipped with the coping skills that your sobriety requires. Dual Diagnosis treatment that will help you treat both your addiction and depression or other mental health concern can make a difference compared to treating your addiction alone. Getting help for depression will help you work through your grief in a healthy manner that does not involve substance abuse. Treatment for your mental health issues will help to place you in a healthy position and can greatly reduce your risks of relapse, as you will be better equipped with all-important coping skills.

We Can Help You Handle Death and Remain Sober

If you are struggling with grief and remaining or getting sober, we can help. Call our toll-free helpline to learn how you can find a substance-free life and manage grief. Our helpline is confidential and available 24 hours a day, and our compassionate counselors will work with you to help you handle your recent loss and your sobriety.

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