Understanding Grief and Loss in Addiction
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It is natural and normal for people to experience loss in their lives and to have feelings of sadness and sorrow. The losses experienced in addiction often bring additional and intensified feelings of grief. When the loss is perceived to have been preventable, it often adds to our sense of despair. The more attachment you had to a person, or to a thing, the more likely you are to grieve the loss. Grieving is a process. It is an emotional journey of learning to cope with loss, and it can last a long time. The normal grieving process allows us to let go and continue moving on in a healthy way. This lesson will help you understand the normal process of grieving and distinguish it from complicated grief. Additionally, you will learn the emotions and behaviors that frequently accompany loss and discover strategies for managing grief.