Lessons in Sobriety: There are no Gifts without Trials, and There are no Trials without Gifts

When I got sober, I knew I would need to learn how to regulate my emotions, how to cope in new and hopefully healthier ways. I didn’t know how or if I would be successful, and I suppose I still don’t, as success can only truly be measured by the day. What I didn’t piece together quite so easily was the correlation between emotional regulation and emotional maturity. Regulation is an essential skill for which I missed the lesson as a child. So now, in adulthood, I have to re-parent myself. It is a dark moment when you look back on your past pre-sobriety and experience the guilt, shame and regret of retrospect. It is another level of mortifying when you recognize how altogether childish you ha

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