I was talking with friends recently about the distinction between abstinence (aka, “putting the plug in the jug”) and sobriety (a longer-term prospect defined, in part, by a sustained period of abstinence)… and what “relapse” means in the context of the process of recovery rather than the counting of abstinent time… and how the ultimate goal of not drinking or using really is “emotional sobriety.” I threw it all into some slides because, still, after nearly eight years away from the corporate world, I still think in PowerPoint and wanted to share here if it’s useful to anyone else.
If you’re curious about “emotional sobriety,” may I recommend the book by the same name by Tian Dayton. It’s a total game-changer.
May 31, 2023
What If You Are the Example?
A few years ago, when I’d reached the point in the book development process when it was time to match epigraphs to chapters, I was thrilled. Every writer’s dream, right?! Yes, I was thrilled… but also overwhelmed. With so many great lines from books that had absolutely changed my life,…
When thoughts and feelings demand to be heard, unpacked, and nurtured, my go to is a hot date with my journal. Like therapy, writing is most helpful when habitual and not just a fury we unleash in crisis mode (although there is great power in that release, too). Writing is…
When Addictive Behaviors Make Us Feel “A Little Bit Crazy”
Oh, man. Here’s a thought that hits home. I had the most vivid image during a therapy session last week: Little Becky, maybe six or seven years old, standing in the middle of a circle, absolutely terrified. Around her stood all the inner parts who seek to keep her safe….