Mental health issues are important to talk about in sobriety. For a lot of people, alcohol abuse and untreated mental health issues are directly related. Once alcohol is removed from the equation, mental health issues can become exacerbated. It’s important to provide people with tools and resources to help manage these. The articles in this section aim to do just that.

How To Manage Difficult Emotions In Early Sobriety
learn how to manage your emotions when you've quit drinking

How To Manage Difficult Emotions In Early Sobriety

There comes a point in sobriety where you have to force yourself to confront difficult emotions without any crutches. These are not easy moments, nor are they completely unfamiliar to you. In fact, these are the same thoughts and memories that would, in another life, drive you to open the bottle and get blasted. But now that you’re sober, there’s a new, naked vulnerability invading your inner world and it’s going to get harder before it gets easier.

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Alcohol is Giving You Anxiety And It’s Going To Get Worse
the connection between anxiety and alcohol abuse

Alcohol is Giving You Anxiety And It’s Going To Get Worse

With each relapse I’ve had since June 2016, I’m always reminded the next day that my brain is at odds with alcohol. The effects range. I may wake up with the shakes and feeling like I might jump out of my skin, heart racing, and mind a jumbled mess. It is also possible that I will wake up feeling incredibly depressed and have to dig deep just to get out of bed and wash or eat. Sometimes I wake up feeling wound up. I bounce off the walls and want to go, go, go! Why the Jekyll and Hyde routine? There are two answers to that question...

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