Understanding Addiction's Effect on Crying
Helping teens in recovery regulate their cryingCrying can be a difficult challenge for teens in recovery. They see crying as a sign of weakness, of vulnerability or being lame. Crying is a natural part of life. Teens need to be reminded that every human is born with the natural ability to cry and crying is part of the way we regulate our emotions. Allow your teen to have their crying moment. Many parents are quick to calm down or stop crying. Crying is health for teens in recovery who have a lot of feelings and emotional energy to process as they try confront their addiction. Offer them comfort until they are done crying, then ask them if they have any insight to what is coming up for them. Addiction causes an adversity toward pain. Teens who have been addicted see emotions and emotional expressions like crying as pain. Treatment and therapy teaches teens in recovery that turning away from emotions is just a turn back toward addiction. Encourage your teen to keep their eyes forward and walk through their emotional challenges, one tear at a time.
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