How To Achieve Emotional Sobriety


By Rachel Fintzy Woods, MA, LMFT

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Many people in recovery from alcohol or drug abuse, compulsive overeating, gambling, or other addictive behaviors eventually realize that while quitting the behavior is crucial, it’s not sufficient to live a happy, serene, healthy, and useful life.

The next step is recovery is emotional sobriety, or learning to deal with the uncomfortable feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that the addictive behaviors attempted to cover up or avoid. It entails confronting and managing our emotions in healthy and constructive ways, rather than resorting to methods that harm ourselves or other people.

First of all, if we don’t develop some level of emotional sobriety, it’s quite possible that…click here to continue reading