Wish Recovery’s Blog Monthly Archives

December 2022

Exploring Emotional Responses without Saying “Yes, but”

In the last post in this series, we spoke about two types of emotions: primary and secondary. As we discussed, secondary emotions are easier to regulate or alter if required. An alternative response might be to be reluctant and agree in some aspects, "yes," then invalidate and defend with "but."

The Impact of Primary and Secondary Emotions on Substance Abuse

Many people's decisions to experiment with drug or alcohol usage are heavily influenced by their feelings. Thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are all interconnected. As one changes, the other is impacted, and so on. A person's ideas and actions may become self-destructive when experiencing negative emotions like fear, anger, sadness, or isolation.

Nine Common Relapse Triggers and How to Avoid it with Healthy Habits

You’ve worked hard to get sober and feel good about your life. But what happens if you relapse and start using drugs or drinking again? It is a common occurrence among those in recovery, but it is not a sign of failure. It is an opportunity to understand yourself better so you can build a foundation that reduces the risk of relapse in the future. Relapsing is nothing to fear, but there are things you can do to avoid it. This article will outline some of the most common triggers and provide healthy habits you can adopt today to continue your life without drugs and alcohol.