Do you ever have relapse dreams in recovery? The truth is, we ALL do.
In early sobriety, using dreams were a nightly occurrence. As the days, months, and years went on, the relapse dreams lessened but when I did dream about relapse, it was an extremely vivid experience.
I used to freak out and get paranoid. Wake up checking on my kids and replaying in my head what happened the previous day until I was absolutely certain it was only a dream.
So why does this happen? Why do we all have relapse dreams in recovery?
I want you to think about it like this…
There are many different types of dreams that can occur. From archetypal dreams, which contain universal forms, to guiding dreams that outline how to deal with a certain issue.
There are even times we have extremely vivid and lucid dreams. Where you, the dreamer is aware and can even make conscious choices during your dream.
The power of dreaming is truly incredible.
In fact, you need to dream. That even includes having relapse dreams in recovery. Even those dreams where you physically feel high. Those are weird, aren’t they?!
In this post, I will outline the reasons why dreaming is a secret coping skill.
Pay attention and prepare to be amazed!
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Dreaming Is Your Mind’s Way of Coping
Yes, believe it or not, dreaming is your very own, built-in coping mechanism.
Dreaming is our subconscious’ way of coping with anything and everything going on in our everyday life.
Your subconscious knows all. It knows your thoughts, your innermost secrets, feelings, emotions, and fears. Those all come into play when you shut your eyes and let your mind take control.
Truth About Dreaming
We have all experienced amazing types of dreams; the sort where you wake up and you do everything in your power to get back to the moment.
There have been a lot of sleep studies and tips on this, as many people have searched for more information on how we can get back to our dreams and why we have woken up at what seems the best moment.
However, we have all experience frightening dreams too. Dreams which have made us scared to go back to sleep. Personally, I suffered from night terrors for years and took medication for PTSD.
There is no denying that dreams can be somewhat perplexing. But the truth is dreaming is actually critical for our emotional health.
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Dreaming Is A Coping Mechanism
Do you know anyone that suffers from depression? If so, there is a high chance they experience insomnia too.
And this is why.
Dream sleep is critical for dealing with life’s emotions. Of course, we’re not saying dreams can totally cure depression. Yet, they do have a critical role to play in our overall wellbeing.
It is easy to think that dreams are simply strange expressions of the imagination. But, they are much more than this. There are lots of things that can be occurring at various levels below our dreams.
Dreams can help us to deal with activities and stresses of life. While also helping us to rejuvenate and heal. For instance, lucid dreams can help a person to put right some of the subconscious patterns that are knotted in their life, heart, and mind.
Dreams can help you to resolve conflicts and regulate your mood. When you sleep, you work out your feelings, allowing you to feel more settled in the morning.
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This means that any experiences you are dealing with do not need to have such a huge impact on your life. Since dreaming your minds’ way of coping, you work out your emotional issues while your head is on the pillow. It’s pretty cool if you think about it.
Therefore, in the short-term, dreams can assist with your mood. However, the long-term benefits are even more substantial.
You can deal with deeply stressful situations that have developed over time, such as overcoming an addiction.
Relapse Dreams In Recovery
Even if you are in long term recovery, your subconscious can still be thinking about using years down the road. But hopefully, this post has shed some light on the power of dreaming and how it is a coping mechanism.
After being sober for years, I still have occasional relapse dreams in recovery or in my dream, I’m about to relapse but my dream ends. Now, instead of waking up in a panic, I think about it differently.
For example, if having a relapse dream bothered me enough to wake me up out of a dead sleep, I know that I am taking my recovery seriously. I want to stay clean. I want to continue my sober lifestyle. I don’t think all day about getting high again, it’s the complete opposite.
Or I think about the things going on in my life at the moment. Is there something that is making me feel the same way I did while using or have I picked up another bad habit I need to drop?
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Maybe I’m stressed af and for over a decade when I couldn’t handle something, I got high as hell. So it’s my body’s way of coping with a similar situation.
Power of Dreaming
While it is easy to think that dreams are just a fun experience, or in some cases a frightening one, that’s not true.
There is actually a lot more to them than that. Having drug dreams or relapse dreams in recovery is merely a coping mechanism that is at work while our body is not.
Dreams hold power. They are vital for our well-being.
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