The focus on sobriety and recovery tends to lean towards physical health. When a person with addiction quits using drugs or alcohol, emotional stability is of equal importance to staying healthy for the long term. As the body adjusts to functioning without drugs or alcohol, the individual can slowly begin to concentrate on what is most essential to recovery.
Emotional sobriety is, essentially, the ability to regulate one’s emotions and mood. Emotional sobriety is how well a person deals with strong feelings without turning back towards addictive or compulsive behaviors which were destructive. Without emotional sobriety it is very difficult to maintain physical sobriety. Individuals who remain physically sober but not emotionally sober may not drink or use alcohol but still exhibit destructive behaviors which are harmful to self or others. Physical sobriety is concrete and tangible while emotional sobriety is an abstract concept.
How to Get There
Many different pathways exist to achieve emotional sobriety. Many people with addiction receive help through AA, NA or other 12-step programs but 12-step programs are not the only solution. Mental health therapy from professionals who understand addiction can also foster emotional sobriety. Some tactics to think about include producing a positive mindset through the following ways:
Meditation and deep breathing: adrenaline can increase heart rate and blood pressure. Relaxation techniques help control the physical response to strong emotions and offer coping mechanisms.
Support network: a good network of friends and allies helps maintain physical and emotional sobriety in a place that offers support, acceptance, and safety.
Staying grounded: as emotions go up and down, emotional sobriety depends on keeping the body stable. When a person feels down, grounding oneself through gratitude is key. When a person feels up, it is important to be humble.
Spirituality: a person’s spirituality can help maintain emotional sobriety by reminding the person forces greater than him or herself are at work and this helps to accept things that cannot be changed. Acceptance and gratitude are often key components of a healthy emotional recovery.
Harmony Place is aware of the challenges people with addiction face when it comes to physical and emotional recovery. We are here to offer support and treatment programs that provide therapeutic and emotional support while working through the difficulties addiction brings. Call us at 1-888-789-4330 to find out how to get started.