The Difference Between Abstinence & Sobriety

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.

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