Survival Mode by Donna M.
When you are in survival mode dealing with your child's active addiction and recovery, it means that you will somehow, in some way manage to navigate through the behavioral issues associated with your child's substance use disorder and the consequences of it.
Living in fear of the what if's can be extremely destructive and crippling, however, we do need to feel fear, just as we need to feel all of our other negative emotions. Studies have shown that when animals are incapable of feeling fear, they do not survive for very long, and the same is true for people. To be in a healthy and functioning survival mode it's important that you get connected to all of your emotions, even to the unpleasant ones so that you can identify them, feel them and release them.
In order to survive, it's important to find coping skills that will allow you to be able to breathe, live your life and detach with love.
What are your survival tools?