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November 25

The Grieving Process and Its Importance to Addiction Recovery

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This paper will address the importance of the grieving process to sustaining addiction recovery. In order to accomplish this I will utilize several sources which discuss the grieving process, including Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s stages of grieving, J. William Worden’s book called “Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy”, and Robert Helgoe’s book “The Hierarchy of Recovery”. Additionally, some personal and professional experience will also be included.

There are three reasons that the grieving process is important to sustained, rewarding recovery. The first is many addicts have unresolved grief issues from their pasts. Perhaps the death of a relative or the dissolution of a close personal relationship has occurred. The use of drugs and alcohol hamper the grieving process, resulting in a delayed grief …