Being a single dad comes with pressures of its own, but being a single dad in recovery adds an extra level of stress. You may feel anxious about how other parents perceive you or even about how your own child views you.
Many things can cause pressure when you are a sober single dad, but luckily, you can do something to face it. The next time you feel stress as you navigate parenting and recovery, consider these tips to help you overcome it.
Going to Therapy
Completing a treatment program is a significant step in your recovery journey, but it doesn’t mean that you should stop there. Going to a mental health professional following treatment can help you maintain your recovery by giving you a safe space to talk about the stressors in your life.
A professional can help you create a relapse prevention plan and discuss any challenges you face in life. This way, you can be sure to sustain recovery for the long term for the sake of yourself and your family.
There are multiple resources available to individuals in recovery in the state of Texas. The Department of Health and Human Services has put out numerous resources specific to individuals living in the state who are struggling with addiction or currently in recovery. These resources are there 24/7 for you to use and should be considered anytime you struggle in recovery.
Surrounding yourself with people you can open up to about the hard things going on in your life, whether friends or fellow sober buddies, is crucial for your recovery. Sometimes having a casual sit down with a friend can give you the boost you need to keep going on the hard days. Sharing vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness. People care about you, and you should care about yourself too.
Being a single dad in recovery presents challenges that many people don’t understand. You may feel lonely, judged, or critical of yourself. However, it is crucial to remember that you are a great parent simply because you are sober. You are choosing what is best for you and your children. If you need help navigating this part of life, Alta Loma Transformational Services is here for you. Our men-only program is a perfect place to discuss your personal problems with others that understand you. We will work diligently to help you be successful in recovery. Call (866) 457-3843 today.