Posted on October 21, 2011 in Psychology
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.