15 Ways to Cope with Physical and Emotional Pain


We all experience physical and emotional pain. It’s not a fun part of life, but pain is something we have to deal with at one point or another. Some people in recovery got here because of physical pain, and many others got here because of emotional pain. We no longer have our favorite elixir to numb our pain, so we have to find other ways to cope. The following are a few suggestions worth trying:

  1. Get to the root of the pain. What is causing it, what is making it worse or better, and what steps can you take to heal?
  2. Low-impact exercise such as yoga, swimming, cycling, walking, and Tai Chi will get the blood flowing to the affected area, and help keep your emotions in check.
  3. Avoid smoking. Smoking can make pain worse, so you may want to think about kicking that habit.
  4. Nutrition is incredibly important in the healing process. Focus on dark, leafy vegetables, fruits, protein, and whole grains.
  5. Get outside and into the great outdoors. Mother Nature helps problems feel a little smaller. Hearing the sounds of the ocean, or the songs of the birds is a good way to get centered.
  6. Read a good book. Getting lost between the pages is a little like checking-out…in a healthy way.
  7. Watch a funny or heartwarming movie with a friend.
  8. Use essential oils.
  9. Tell a trusted friend how you are feeling. Don’t keep your pain to yourself, let the people who love you know what’s going on.
  10. Get a massage.
  11. Practice meditation. Guided meditation is a great place to start, and thousands of recordings can be found online.
  12. Drink water throughout the day. Staying hydrated helps your cells move, heal, and regenerate to keep you healthy.
  13. Try a hot pad or heat patches for aches and pains.
  14. Take a warm, scented bath.
  15. Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to a slew of problems for your mind, body, and recovery.


Addiction is painful, and you don’t have to suffer any longer. Call The Lakehouse Recovery Center to begin your healing journey in recovery. You are not alone. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) 762-3707. Stand up for your health, and your life. You can do this. Recovery is possible. Call today.



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