Emotional sobriety sounds great, but how exactly do we achieve this state of being? How can I maintain a freedom from addiction?

My physical sobriety was a great accomplishment, and it was a solid foundation to start building the life I now love and don’t need to escape from!

My emotional sobriety is something I work on from the moment my eyes open every day.

There are a few things I have found helpful in my daily routine that have helped me maintain my freedom from addictions.

Don’t expect to master each and every one of these suggestions.  Think of these 12 things as items on a menu that you can pick & choose from to see if it’s something you can do every day.  Be willing to try every one at least once.

Baby steps are actually BIG steps in your emotional development.  Your emotional development will help prevent relapsing and maintain freedom from addictions!

  1. Learn to define and manage your emotions, feelings, moods, and behaviours.
  2. Know yourself, and learn to respond instead of react.
  3. Stop allowing others to affect your reality. Remember, YOU are the director of your life.
  4. Stop taking things personally.
  5. Manage your behaviours with integrity.
  6. Use an honesty-compass to guide your life.
  7. Keep yourself accountable, and balance the books at the end of every day.
  8. Pressure yourself to change, instead of thinking that others should change.
  9. Learn to comfort yourself in healthy ways, whenever you feel hurt, angry, or disappointed.
  10. Appreciate what is, and live in the present.
  11. Embrace problems & challenges as growth opportunities.
  12. Always remember that there are 3 solutions to every problem: Accept it, Change it, or Leave it. If you can’t accept it, change it. If you can’t change it, leave it!

May the force be with you,

and remember – 

YOU are the force

Tanya

Tanya MacIntyre |  Recovery Specialist

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