Balancing Act As If –
June 30, 2020 – 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 we will harbor many of the problematic feelings and attitudes that contributed to our developing addictions in the first place, which can make for a miserable existence.
Secondly, we run an increased risk of falling back into familiar addictive patterns.