Coping with Injury

their burden. Even if they willingly help you or care for you, you may feel guilty about needing that help.

Know Who You Can Call Coping with Injury

There are many different things that you can do that will help your mind and body heal. You may have setbacks that frustrate you or challenge you, but continue to focus on the things that will help you get better. What does it mean to heal from the mental, emotional, and physical pain caused by a substance impaired driving crash? It means continuing to seek medical treatment until you are as pain-free and mobile as possible. It means coming to grips with your limitations. And finally, it means doing the perfectly ordinary things you did before the crash such as: • feeling good when something good happens • feeling hopeful about your future • giving attention and energy to everyday life • laughing and being cheerful • feeling at peace with yourself • finding ways to socialize with others These things may not be achieved completely, depending on the seriousness of your injuries, but they can be achieved to a large extent. None of it will be easy or quick. Healing takes patience and hard work. But you owe it to yourself, and to those who need you and love you, to try to recover as much as possible.

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