Emotional Abuse Recovery

Emotional Abuse Recovery

Why is This important?

People often live with emotional abuse for a very long time without getting help. This could be for many reasons. Often the abuse starts small and builds up in severity over time and so it takes a while before the victim truly sees the abuse. The victim might also stay in an emotionally abusive relationship due to marriage vows, kids, finances or weakened self-esteem.

Regardless, there is a time when many people come to the conclusion they need emotional abuse support and help. This is typically when the emotional abuse becomes severe and daily. It’s also time to get emotional abuse help when:

  • The emotional abuse starts to negatively impact parts of life like work, school and friendships
  • Friends and relatives start to express concerns about the emotionally abusive relationship
  • Abusive patterns are long-term and are ingrained

Emotional abuse help is almost always needed in long-term emotionally abusive situations as these tend to wear down the self-worth of the victim; making them believe they cannot leave the relationship or that they deserve nothing better. Emotional abuse help can support a person through these feelings to escape the abusive relationship.

A history of abuse is a common background while the goal is to enter into or maintain recovery. Recovery is a two-fold process. The first step is healing from the traumas done to us in our past; and second step is healing from the influence these past experiences continue to have in our present lives.

(Most) Survivors of Emotional Abuse . . .
• Are hesitant to identify themselves as victims of abuse.
• Feel isolated, depressed, worthless, and helpless to change.
• Are struggling with feelings about God in relation to their life experiences of being abused.
• Condemn themselves, denying that the past abuses affects their present circumstances.
• Feel out of control and defeated in areas of compulsive behavior.
• Feel angry, bitter, rebellious; have trouble with authority figures.
• Feel a lack of self-worth.
• Are preoccupied with thoughts of what it means to have a “normal” relationship with others; mates, friends, family.
• Question their own sexual identity and may experience confusion regarding their own sexuality.
• Desire to regain their sexuality and feel safe in intimate relationships.
• Question self-reality; “Who am I?”
• Question whether life has a purpose.
• Feel “at home” in crisis situations.
• Struggle with perfectionism or “all or nothing thinking.”
• Desire to overcome the life experience of abuse.

There are two main kinds of emotional abuse help:

  1. help to get out of an emotionally abusive relationship and
  2. help to facilitate emotional abuse recovery

Both kinds can be useful.

For some, looking to get out of an emotionally abusive relationship involves more than just a break-up talk; it involves outside help to protect against the threats and other things the abuser might do to the person leaving the relationship. NewPath counselors are trained to support and facilitate healing.

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