What does early sobriety feel like? In this podcast, we'll discuss what early sobriety feels like and how to cope with the emotional rollercoaster of recovery.
Human beings need to express their emotions. It’s as natural as breathing. But as alcoholics, we often choose to suppress unpleasant and painful feelings by drinking them away. Even positive emotions like joy, excitement, and love can often feel prickly and overwhelming. They sting too much. Drinking away positive emotions is as common as drinking away bad ones. Either way, we prefer to remain as numb as possible, lest we feel too much. Why feel anything if we can just open a bottle and feel nothing?
In the early days, weeks, and months of my recovery I was frightened by the constant feelings that bombarded me like I was under siege. It never seemed to end. One moment I'd be calm and laughing; seconds later, I'd be weeping like a baby. It was weird and sort of pathetic.
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