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5 Key Signs of Emotional Sobriety


Why is emotional sobriety so important?

Recovery is an enduring process that can leave you in an unstable, emotional state. As the body detoxes itself of drugs and/or alcohol, emotions can go anywhere from running wild to none at all. Facing emotions head on can be difficult and challenging, especially if substances were once used to dull or numb the pain. Emotions can push a person to the edge, making it all that easy to give in to your cravings and relapse. Sober living is only made possible once emotional sobriety is reached. Millions of Americans are struggling with self-care and self-love regardless of an addiction problem or not.

The ability to regulate negative feelings

Negative feelings and thoughts are inescapable, but learning to regulate them is key to sobriety. Being able to react appropriately, without lashing out may be tough, but it will be a huge breakthrough. There are two of which ways to address negative feelings – one is blocking it from the mind and the other, evaluating the situation. While blocking it out clears the mind of negative thoughts, this is temporary. Evaluating each situation will leave you with a conscious, rational choice of how you want to approach life.

The ability to live in the present

Everyone, recovering or not, needs to learn how to live in the present. Often, we look back on our life choices with regret and remorse. The only thing that benefits us by living in the past is learning from our mistakes. Living in the present allows us to face each day with a fresh start. Living in guilt does not promote growth, but using that sense of regret to fix tomorrow is empowering. Practice gratitude, learn to be grateful for the steps you’ve taken toward recovery, even if they are small. Be grateful for the people in your life – your supporters, your family, and your friends.

The ability to say no to temptation

Once you’ve reached sobriety, the messiness of life doesn’t simply slip away. When you leave treatment, you’ll have the tools to cope with temptation, it’s just a matter of practicing them. If you need help avoiding temptations in social situation, check out our blog Tips for Staying Sober in Social Situations. Addiction is a disease, and long after recovery, it can still creep back into your life. Focusing on a healthy lifestyle, surrounding yourself with positive influences and supportive people will be your greatest success in having the ability to turn away from temptations.

The ability to go with the flow

This new point in your life can be stressful as the transition can be unsettling. There is pressure from your family and yourself to remain healthy. Once you’ve gained confidence in yourself and your sobriety, you’ll be able to go with the flow. Going with the flow doesn’t mean you lose your focus or your individuality, but rather your reactions make sense for the situation. It means you’re less defensive, whereas once before you were up in arms when someone mentioned your addiction. Now, you can let comments gloss over. Going with the flow means you don’t let one negative experience, amongst many positive ones, control your life.

The ability to form deep bonds

Recovery and sobriety require the support of others. While working through addiction, you’ll learn that some relationships are not long lasting. Once the common bond of addiction is out of the picture, you may find there is not much more left. Forming deeper relationships will prove to be the greatest asset to you on your journey through recovery. Also, forming a stronger relationship with yourself and self-reflection will be most valuable in your life.