Emotional Wellbeing

February 24, 2016 | Kristen Goettsch, Face It TOGETHER Featured

This week’s data drop: 44.4%. 

Of Face It TOGETHER Sioux Falls clients who responded, 44.4% report that they believe their emotional wellbeing improved from when they first walked in the door to at least three months into their participation with our recovery coaches.  

Drug and alcohol addiction is a disease of the body, mind and spirit.  And like other diseases, the signs and symptoms will vary, depending on the person, the severity and stage of the illness. Emotional changes with addiction can include: 

  1. Increased anxiety, dissatisfaction and emotional pain; 
  2. Increased sensitivity to stressors such that “things seem more stressful” as a result; and
  3. Difficulty identifying feelings, distinguishing between feelings and bodily sensations of emotional arousal, and describing feelings to other people. 

In our most recent data drop, we described the process our clients go through to self-report on a variety of risk factors. The information that's collected from our clients can be valuable in helping us better understand the impact of the disease on their lives and how the Face It TOGETHER peer-to-peer recovery coaching model is helping improve their wellbeing.  

In 2015, clients reported at intake that their general emotional health was: 

  • Excellent – 4.9% 
  • Good – 39.2% 
  • Average – 38.2% 
  • Poor – 17.6% 

Of the clients who took a follow-up survey, close to half (44.4%) reported a positive change in their emotional health after participating for at least 3 months in face-to-face or telephone recovery support through our peer-to-peer coaching model.  

The people we serve at Face It TOGETHER come to us for help because of a variety of reasons. They may have the desire to get well or a need in any of the many areas that impact lives such as housing, employment and access to health-related services.  

There are many factors that play into a person’s assessment of their own emotional health. Are they experiencing high levels of stress because of legal issues or having to sleep on a friend’s couch every night? Are they having physical pain for something they need to see a doctor about and don't have access to health care or insurance? Are they overwhelmed by the uncertainty of their relationships with those they love? Our well-trained recovery coaches are equipped to help people in all of these areas.  

We know that the symptoms of addiction can undermine emotional wellness over time. As someone suffering from the disease of addiction moves toward overall wellness, their hopefulness increases and they begin to experience more gratitude and emotional resilience. The impact to their loved ones’ emotional wellbeing is also evident as they work together on forgiveness and rebuilding of relationships. Face It TOGETHER is here to help everyone touched by the disease of addiction in navigating the way to wellness and providing support along the way.