Emotional sobriety is a term used that describes the recovery process past physical sobriety. We find that just putting down the drugs and alcohol is not enough for an addict or alcoholics to stay clean and sober long-term. More work has to be done in order to maintain recovery.

How to Protect Emotional Sobriety

The best ways to ensure you keep your emotional sobriety in check can begin with being aware of your daily typical needs.  You can’t expect yourself to be helping others in your program of recovery and doing the next right thing when you aren’t adequately taking care of yourself.  When you aren’t thinking clearly and aren’t in the right state of mind, it’s usually because you haven’t met your own needs for basic functioning.  This can be dangerous for an addicted individual because it can lead them to believing in disillusionment.  When basic needs like hunger, loneliness, comfort, and rest are taken care of, be sure to remain aware of dangers and keep in check that as a recovering alcoholic and/or addict, you are maintaining your program of recovery!

Beware of Dangers

Meeting Makers Make It (when you work it)

Be careful you aren’t inadvertently beginning to slip on regular 12-step meeting attendance.  This can leave you feeling negative, making you sit and grovel in feelings of self-pity.  This can push you to the times where you know should be picking up the phone, dialing your sober supports, reaching out, and especially veering away from the subject of yourself.  Protect your emotional sobriety by asking how their days are going too!  Getting out of your head and talking with another alcoholic and/or addict will always save the day.

Attitude Of Gratitude

There can be a change in character if a recovering individual becomes noticeably more judgemental, short-tempered, aggravated, belligerent, prideful, or acts out in other ways.  Nobody is perfect, even when it comes to working a program in recovery.  However, by continuing to work at looking at what character defects exist and instead focus on transforming them into assets, a total change in attitude doesn’t have to pose as much of a danger to your emotional sobriety.  It can instead serve you by keeping you sober because it allows you to continue working on yourself in your program of recovery through a daily reprieve.

Think Think Think

Alcoholics and addicts are known to obsess.  It’s a main component attributed with these diseases.  Protecting your emotional sobriety is dependent on you straying from being stuck inside your head.  When you’re trapped cycling on replay in your mind, you allow your head to play devilish tricks on you.  This is where self-sabotage can come into play and negative behaviors can unfold if you aren’t careful about your thinking.

Get Out Of Your Own Way

When taking part in behaviors that constitute as self-sabotage, emotional sobriety goes out the window.  Self-sabotaging behaviors are defined as actions where individuals commit actions that cause damage to themselves.  Self-sabotage can occur when everything in an individual’s life is going along fine but they are so unfamiliar with the feeling of contentedness that they don’t know how to accept and maintain it so they instead are compelled to undermine their success by creating chaos in their life. 

Additional ways to pull yourself out so that you can avoid pitfalls of endangering your emotional sobriety can include keeping yourself honest with yourself.  Understand what’s pressing you by writing down your thoughts.  When you aren’t being honest with yourself, you’re hurting yourself most by preventing the truth of the reality from being known.  This is what ultimately results in self-sabotage!  Instead of allowing your actions to lead you down this path, try to implement healthier choices and behaviors by treating your emotional sobriety like your physical health. Understand your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being are all equally important.  When one of these is off balance, it can affect one another.

Are you stuck in the spiral of active addiction to alcohol and/or drugs but unsure where to turn?  Contact The Watershed today for help.  You don’t have to suffer in silence alone from this seemingly hopeless disease.  You can recover when you call today and walk free from obsession.

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