Grief is more than just a feeling of being sad.
This is a continuing condition that can and will disrupt your everyday life. Like all other severe human conditions, this illness can only get more serious if it is left untreated. Clear Recovery is here to help. If you have a loved one that’s suffering from a co-occurring disorder such as grief, contact us today and set up an appointment. We’ll provide them with the resources and attention they need to heal from their trauma.
When you lose something that you hold in high value, your body has a natural response. That response to losing someone who is very close to you is called grief. This is something that can manifest from multiple types of losses. These losses can include:
- The loss of a job or a relationship
- A terminal illness diagnosis
- A natural disaster
The feelings someone faces during grief can be intense. This can understandably result in ache, anger, anguish, sadness, and painful longing for what they have lost. It is also common for people to feel disconnected from their lives.
Part of what makes grieving so difficult to deal with is that this process cannot be controlled or predicted. In order to help your loved one work towards acceptance, our compassionate team provides support and guidance. We work with patients one on one, so they are able to easily connect with others.
The grieving process can be as brief as a few weeks and as long as many years. No matter, proper care is the only thing that can truly ease suffering. It is important to keep in mind that grief can become more complicated if untreated. Clear Recovery can prevent grief from leading to further depression, anxiety, and other symptoms.
We understand that every person has their own obstacles to overcome. Everybody has their own healing process. These factors are what make grief complicated.
An example of complicated grief could be a complication related to the circumstances of the death. This includes losing a child, losing a loved one to suicide, the death of a partner, or the death of a person who was abusive.
If your loved one is suffering from complicated grief, they may not be able to accept their circumstances. There could be extensive feelings of longing or yearning that don’t lessen over time. This will interfere with their ability to concentrate, especially when memories, images, or thoughts of the past experience cross through their mind.
No two people will deal with grief in the same exact way. However, those who are grieving may be able to relate to one another as they work their way towards acceptance. Are you concerned for a loved one during their grieving? Trust your intuition. They might need professional help that you alone cannot provide. It is imperative that this pain management process starts sooner rather than later. We can enroll your loved one in a program that will help them manage their loss.
At Clear Recovery Center, our experts offer both group and individual therapy as ways to work through grief management and resolution. The personal therapy programs begin with the initial program acceptance. Then, each client begins working with a counselor that will help them to learn various coping skills and other mechanisms. These skills help with processing feelings and working toward improved mental wellness.
Single sessions allow your loved one to fully understand all of the factors that are contributing to their inability to move forward. We’ll identify the best grief management techniques to suit their personal needs through a customized treatment plan.
Group Community Therapy
On the other hand, group sessions have their own share of benefits as well. Our team at Clear Recovery Center brings patients together to build connections with each other.
Your loved one will have the opportunity to process the same or similar feelings with others. This supportive group environment allows patients to bond. These connections form a community centered around a common goal of healing.
We never make assumptions about a person’s life or experiences and pride ourselves on being providers of outstanding mental health care that is both effective and long-lasting.
Co-occurring Addiction and Mental Health Issues
Substance use disorders can coincide with mental health or even multiple issues at once. That includes mood, developmental, eating, and behavioral disorders. Clear Recovery Center is equipped to handle a wide variety of co-occurring disorders.
Denial is the beginning phase. It is an effective, albeit temporary, way to minimize the crushing pain of loss. Denial is a way to break everything down in a griever’s mind. They can think through feelings step by step as opposed to facing everything at once.
When a person is faced with having to adjust to a new reality, intense emotional discomfort in the form of anger is sure to follow. Anger allows them to avoid feelings of vulnerability by expressing their emotions with less fear of being rejected or judged.
There are many different ways in which a grieving patient can resort to bargaining. They feel so helpless that they direct a request at a higher power that could potentially influence events at hand.
Bargaining causes a person to focus on their own regrets or faults. When their imagination begins to ease down and they realize they cannot change their reality, the feelings of loss come tumbling in. This stage often results in the person retreating into themselves.
Acceptance does not mean that the griever no longer feels the anguish of the loss. This step means that they are no longer avoiding reality and constantly trying to change it. Regret and sadness can still be present during this phase, but they are less likely to resort to the previous emotional survival phases.
If your loved one is experiencing any of these stages, Call Clear Recovery Center today to connect them with supervised help.
When someone is suffering from grief, it can be difficult to objectively realize they’re in a cycle. A few of the signs of grief to look out for include:
- Difficulty making decisions
- Carrying responsibility for the loss
- Having low self-esteem
- Feelings of numbness, helplessness, and weakness
- Feeling like an outcast
- Dropping out of social activities
- Being aggressive
- Pulling away from affection or close contact
- Self-destructive thoughts
- Obsession with the loss