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Emotional Sobriety… Quote from this article by Bill Wilson…
What Is Emotional Sobriety?
I can also remember clearly in the case of my own family during the “too terrible to remember 1950’s and early 1960’s” when Dad quite drinking for a few years and then came back to alcohol big time. He eventually quit for good when he turned 55 and later achieved some peace of mind in his life by taking steps to discover, with the help of treatment, his own emotional maturity. Even though Dad was a tad better when he didn’t drink, the emotional pain he felt from his own life experiences, especially WWII and Korean War, did not go away one bit. Simply leaving alcohol in his past did not do much for his PTSD until later on.
It continues to amaze me about how much there is to learn about mental health challenges in general, especially the connection to alcohol and substance abuse. The good news is a person’s success in becoming clean and sober. More good news, is to definitely not stop your recovery process at this point. Survivors of trauma or substance abuse can only thrive for the long term by finding a path of emotional maturity and healing that suits individual needs. Thank you my dear and loving sister, Laura, for reinforcing the need to achieve emotional sobriety as we all seek the joy of peace of mind…
Additional reference: Emotional Maturity Highlights! This is a powerful summary of points on what emotional maturity looks like… Thanks for the question from one of my readers!