pain and pleasure motivators

Episode #33: Pain and Pleasure Motivators in Recovery


Are you running from pain or towards pleasure? When new in recovery, most people are running from the pain they have endured because of their addiction to alcohol. After a while, however, that pain diminishes as they start to enjoy the benefits of recovery. It no longer feeds their motivation to stay sober and they relapse. That’s when running towards pleasure becomes important to maintaining recovery.

In this episode of Back Porch Chats, Vince and Jeanna talk about the importance of both running from pain and towards pleasure. If you have struggled with relapse in the past, listen to this episode to get tips that might help you in the future.

Episode Highlights:

  • How one person identified her recovery/relapse cycle and the part pain and pleasure played in it.
  • How shifting from running from pain to running towards pleasure helps maintain recovery.
  • Examples of pain in addiction and pleasure in recovery.
  • Tips to help you work towards pleasure.

Are you interested in learning about self-care to help you prevent relapse and live more fully?

One of the ways to do that is to look for the pleasures in your life, so you can run towards them. In Jeanna’s new course, “Simply Sober Self-Care,” she introduces many self-care activities you can do to that help you find those pleasures.

During the creation of this course, Jeanna realized that not only do we not practice proper self-care while in active addiction, often our lack of certain self-care activities prior to addiction led to our alcohol use. A lack of skills like setting boundaries and practicing spirituality often led to the phrase, “I need a drink.”

If you want tips and tools to help you beat “I Need a Drink” Thinking, check out the “Simply Sober Self-Care” course

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