Emotional Sobriety

What is emotional sobriety?

We often tell young children to use their words and feel their feels. Both things are excellent advice to anyone growing up. Many of us who were once heavy drinkers find that that is exactly what we need to do as we grow in emotional sobriety.

The following posts were written by members of our community. They speak to that evolution of learning how to sit with the feelings, live through the pain, and evolve in the sheer, quiet joy of becoming who you are.

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From Psychology Today : What is Emotional Sobriety

I believe that emotional sobriety is less about the quality of the feeling (“good” or “bad”) and more about the general ability to feel one’s feelings. Being restored to sanity isn’t about getting the brass ring—or cash and prizes—or being “happy, joyous, and free” all the time, but it is about being in the present moment, whatever it happens to look like. What are you experiencing right now? And how about now? Can you be present to all of your feelings without any one of them defining you?

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From Scientific American : The Nuts and Bolts of Emotional Sobriety

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