Dealing With Depression, Anxiety & The Quest To Live In The Now With God?

Addicts tend to struggle with anxiety, depression or both. For a lot of us, these conditions of mind and body even fueled our addictive behaviors. We could not cope with the realities of our unmanageable lives. We were in need or we were overwhelmed. We could barely handle living in our own skin.

Depression, Anxiety & The Quest To Live In The Now With God

We became people who needed an upper or a downer just to get through the day. Treatment +and recovery helped us to get sober, and we are grateful for that. But when we give up our addictive substances or behaviors, there can be a significant void. We feel the anxiety and depression coming on stronger than ever.

Our program of recovery gives us the tools to begin working through our feelings and to heal from the trauma of the past. However, many of us still experience the depression and anxiety, especially if, after getting sober, we’re finally lucid enough to see the wreckage all around us. Our relationships are broken and in need of repair. Some of us are in deep debt. Our professional lives have suffered. We are overcome with it all. We wonder if things will ever be better. We wonder if it even matters.

The Problem In Our Perspective

When Down To Nothing God Is Up To Something - ChristianDrugRehab.comFor many of us struggling with non-clinical depression and/or anxiety, the problem lies not in a major chemical imbalance, but in perspective. Depression may be the result of remorse or sadness over what has happened in the past. We may mourn the loss of relationships or people we cared about. We may grieve over the many years we have wasted in addiction. We may feel the daily frustration of a life that often feels meaningless.

If anxiety is our more common companion, we may be plagued by the fear that we’ll never get back on track. We may feel the emotional weight of conflict with the people in our lives. We may be up to our eyebrows in unpaid bills. Life operates in low-level panic.

In both cases, we are either consumed with a past we cannot change or focused on a future we can neither predict nor control. The one place that we can control is the place we are right now—the present. But we’re not there.

In recovery we are encouraged to take the one-day-at-a-time approach and to focus our energies into the present day—even the present moment. And we aren’t simply to focus on the present and feel overwhelmed by it; we are encouraged to learn to accept it.

Getting Honest About Your Past And Future

When we really get honest, what we can see is that often the things that have happened in the past, even the things that seemed negative at the time, have turned out for good. And the things we’re so afraid of in the future? Most of them never come to pass or they turned out quite a lot better than expected. What we have to acknowledge is that God is in control and we are not. When we dwell in the past or stress about the future, we are giving up the chance to trust God and be happy now.

Living In The Now

For addicts, living in the present moment is a challenge. We have tried to control life to ensure our comfort. We have tried to manage circumstances in order to get our way. Letting go feels like giving up. Yet we have to admit that for all of our planning, scheming, fighting and worrying, we did very little to make ourselves happier or more content.

When we live in faith, we have the privilege of letting go of the past and laying down our fears about the future. We trust that God knows what is best at all turns, so we trust Him. The closer we grow to God, the more we feel His spirit guiding us. When we make decisions, we make them in wisdom, trusting that as we live in the moment, we will be directed in the path we need to walk. We don’t need to fear the future and what might happen. We don’t need to lament the mistakes of the past.

When we live in the present, we open ourselves to joy, because this is the only moment we really have. And we have the choice of how we would like to experience it—will we be depressed over a past we can’t change? Will we continue to mourn the things we believe we have lost? Will we fear a future we cannot see or predict? Or will we rest in this precious moment, knowing that God has brought us to this point? We are recovering. We are moving forward. We are healing. We are loved. There is only this moment. How will you live it?

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