Recovering from Abuse the Right Way

November 18, 2021 Cheryl Wozny

If you are leaving an abusive situation or are trying to put one behind you, congratulations. Finding the strength to do what is best for you can be difficult, but it is worthwhile. However, recovering from abuse, whether verbal, emotional, physical, or otherwise, is not easy, and the path can be full of triggers or roadblocks. 

Why Proper Abuse Recovery Is Critical 

You may think that everything will be okay once you leave a verbally abusive situation, and your life will return to normal. Unfortunately, for many individuals, that is not the case. The effects of verbal abuse can last for years, especially if the victim does not seek active recovery treatment and healing methods. 

Without proper healing and recovery, individuals may harbor resentment, mistrust and have silent triggers that can cause their emotional state to spiral without any warning. This hampered emotional state can directly affect the victim's personal relationships, work environment, and any interactions with others throughout life.

Sometimes the individual does not even realize why negative circumstances happen to them because they cannot see how their deep-rooted internal scars are altering their world. Not surprisingly, childhood abuse, trauma, and neglect can physically change the brain's composition, significantly impacting a child's developmental milestones. 

Proper recovery from abuse can help reduce the ill effects of abuse, whether it comes from childhood, an intimate relationship, or a workplace environment. 

Some Considerations with Abuse Recovery 

If you want to recover and heal from abuse, I applaud you. Taking steps to find a healthier balance in your life is challenging and is not always easy. It is important to take in some of these considerations when you are on the path of healing from abuse. 

  • Your recovery will look different from someone else's. Do not compare your healing to others since each individual will move away from abuse differently.
  • Be gentle and patient with yourself. You may be fine one day and face harsh triggers another day. This process takes time and will not happen overnight. Remember that you are doing the best you can right now.
  • Try to eat healthy, exercise, and get enough rest. Taking the necessary steps to feed your body and mind will be especially important during your healing.
  • Do not avoid asking for professional help. Healing from abuse is a messy situation, and having someone with training to provide the tools you need can make a huge difference. 
  • Accept any negative thoughts you may have, process them, and then move past them. Do not ignore your sad or angry feelings since this will just prolong your recovery. Accept them and learn how to move on from them so you no longer dwell on these negative emotions. 

There are many ways that you can recover from abuse. Finding which methods and tools work best for your situation can help you heal and move forward away from that part of your life. Remember that you are never alone in your journey, and take your recovery one step at a time. 

APA Reference
Wozny, C. (2021, November 18). Recovering from Abuse the Right Way, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 23 from

Author: Cheryl Wozny

Cheryl Wozny is a freelance writer and published author of several books, including mental health resources for children titled, Why Is My Mommy So Sad? and Why is My Daddy So Sick? Writing has become her way of healing and helping others. Find Cheryl on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and her blog

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