Age is no guarantee of maturity. We all know that.
But have you ever been called immature?
Perhaps you may have displayed something very childish towards your friends or family members to make them think that you are emotionally stunted.
In addiction and recovery, this can be very dangerous.
Emotional Immaturity and Addiction
Experts and psychologists see a distinct link between emotional immaturity and addiction. People who turn to drugs or alcohol and eventually become addicted will often do so because of their inability to deal with their feelings or their situation. Such addictive substances offer them some form of escape and temporary relief, never knowing that this would eventually lead them to bigger problems. Besides, once the effects of the substances wear off, they would still find themselves feeling the same feelings–and even worse.
In order to avoid addiction, one should become better at dealing with their feelings and coping with the different things that happen to them in life, therefore developing emotional sobriety. The same can be said for those who are trying to overcome addiction in their road to recovery.
People who succumb to addiction are often those who are emotionally immature, meaning, they are incapable of dealing with life’s inevitable hurdles as well as their own feelings. This is the opposite of emotional sobriety, which is the ability to deal and feel their feelings without breaking or giving in.
Those who are emotionally immature also feel helpless in the sense that they feel like they can make their situation better, and they are overwhelmed by the normal problems in life. While this feeling of helplessness can be learned, it can also be unlearned.
Emotional Immaturity in Recovery
One cannot have a life built upon the foundation of a successful recovery when he or she is not emotionally mature or sober. Emotional immaturity can pose a lot of problems for an individual recovering from substance addiction:
- Emotionally immature people are far more likely to relapse
- They do not have the inner strength to be steadfast
- They will be easily knocked off course by any problems in life or any temptation in their recovery
- They may be difficult to be around because of their high expectations and demands
- They tend to be lonely and/or angry
- They are willing to settle for a lesser level of sobriety, therefore making them inclined to channel their addiction to somewhere else
If you are struggling with your addiction or your recovery, we’re here to give you insight and inspiration. Let’s have a conversation. Better yet,