Posted on October 21, 2011
Last modified on May 9th, 2019

Emotional Sobriety

You can conquer others with power, but it takes true strength to conquer yourself.
– Lao Tzu,  Philosopher

I asked Dr. Jason Powers, our Chief Medical Officer  to help me write on this topic and here is what we came up with:

There are actually two types of sobriety: physical and emotional.  Physical sobriety is the easy part.  Anyone can quit a thousand times, but only the fortunate can stay quit.  Emotional sobriety is not automatically rendered with physical sobriety.   Emotional sobriety can be defined as resiliency, wisdom and balance.  It is a metaphor of sorts for addicts who develop emotional intelligence over the course of their journeys in recovery from substance abuse.

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