Journaling about stressful events such as addiction has been found to have many psychological benefits such as reducing stress, managing anxiety, and decreasing depression.
A goodbye letter to addiction is similar to journaling because you are still writing down your emotions and you will likely feel some of the same effects.
Writing, in general, can be therapeutic because it not only allows you to get your emotions out but also by putting your feelings down on paper, you are able to move past them and focus on the future. A goodbye letter to alcohol or drugs can also help you in the future.
If during your recovery, you start to feel weak or as if you may relapse, this letter may act as a reminder about why you decided to get clean and sober in the first place and help reinforce your recovery.
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