There is nothing funny about addiction – it is a very serious problem and one that requires comprehensive treatment. However, those in recovery from addiction can certainly benefit from humor and light-hearted moments. While you want to take your treatment and recovery seriously, finding time to laugh can keep you moving forward.

Laughter can boost both your physical and mental health. It gets your muscles moving, your heart pumping, and oxygen flowing. Laughing can reduce the level of stress hormones in your body and increase the amount of endorphins your brain produces. Endorphins are natural mood boosters and pain relievers.

Finding humor in recovery can help you to:

  • Break the cycle of negativity and see things in a different light. A situation you were struggling with can turn out to be not so terrible after all.
  • Reduce stress. It’s hard to stay mad when your body is shaking with laughter. Laughing can help you to loosen up and take a break from your worries.
  • See things from a different perspective. Things that may have been frustrating or embarrassing before, you can now look back on and see the humor in them. You can see how your life has changed for the better.
  • Stay positive and motivated in recovery. When you’re in a good mood, it can increase your energy and help you to strive for your goals.

You don’t have to be serious every moment of every day. Give yourself a chance to loosen up and relax. You can still be vigilant about promoting your recovery and reducing risk of relapse, but let yourself have a healthy dose of fun too. It is possible to have both. At Seacliff, you can learn to create a better balance in your life and integrate strategies that support your recovery without making you feel like you’re in a rut.

Leave a comment and let us know what always makes you laugh and feel better in recovery!
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