What is Emotional Sobriety?

What is Emotional Sobriety?

  Many men and women enter into the process of recovery thinking that they will stop using drugs or alcohol and go about life as usual. This is a frightening concept, considering that our reliance on substances was often an attempt to self-medicate our emotional problems. When drugs and alcohol are removed from our lives, we may fall victim to …Read More

Will I Be Less Creative in Sobriety?

Will I Be Less Creative in Sobriety?

There is a common myth that drugs cause one to be more creative. Musicians and artists do seem to be highly susceptible to addiction, but it is a misconception that their creative abilities are the result of the drugs they take. The conception is propagated by the stereotype of the drug-addled rock star or hard-drinking writer. The truth, however, is …Read More

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Grieving a Substance

For an alcoholic or an addict, getting clean and sober is about a lot more than just stopping drinking or using. Clearly, doing so is a necessary step to begin recovery, but beyond the physical craving is something much deeper. Psychologically, many of us have shaped our identities around our drug of choice. For instance, a woman may pride herself …Read More

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The Only Way Out of It, Is Through It

For those new to recovery, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed with, well, feelings. You know, those things we avoided, pushed down, and ran away from for so long in our addiction? As appealing as running away from feelings sounds, we cannot do that in recovery. We have to learn how to sit with how we feel, and we …Read More