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Coping with Changes in Early Addiction Recovery

Early recovery days are full of ups and downs as an individual gets used to the idea of being sober for possibly the first time in a long while. Even if a person is not new to addiction recovery and has relapsed then received treatment, early addiction recovery is challenging but manageable. Learn some tips for how to cope with the changes in a positive, empowering way.

Early Days

The early days of sobriety can feel like a major change. Lots of emotions and feelings come up and there is a lot of new information to cope with regarding relationships, work, life and general everyday activities as a sober person. Some people struggle with Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) for a short time or stay on medication so managing those elements of recovery can add an extra layer of challenge. PAWS symptoms can include:

  • Clumsiness
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty with emotions
  • Difficulty solving problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Temporary memory gaps
  • Unexplained mood swings

Emotional Intelligence

Some social areas can be challenging to cope with when sober. Relationships, work, experiencing life sober while trying to communicate openly and honestly is difficult for those adjusting to not handling these situations in an altered state of mind. It takes practice, patience and persistence to work at changing the way things were done under the influence of addiction to now being sober and in a clean frame of mind. A lot is expected of loved ones as well to work towards building a new connection with the person who is sober because he or she may seem the same, yet different. It is an adjustment for everyone involved including kids, if they are in the picture.


Intimacy, marriage, and interconnected relationships all seem to be stronger and better over time as a person moves through early recovery. The hard work will pay off and relationships with children, coworkers, friends and loved ones will become more sustainable as the individual with addiction becomes a better, more trusted companion. Sometimes belief in a higher power supports an individual’s growth towards becoming a better, stronger person but this is not always the case. Life can be tough but it can also be beautiful and affirming that sober living is definitely the best way to spend one’s days.


Sober living is a challenge that takes a community of people to surround you during the ups and downs. If you are struggling with addiction, Harmony Place provides treatment that can help you get on the road to recovery and the life you’ve always desired. Contact us to find out more information.