Long before I was willing to get sober, a counsellor mentioned the possibility of my being addicted to “anything they make two or more of,” which I naturally disputed. However, once I came to grips with the depths of my addiction, I certainly recognized this to be true. Of course, I needed some two years of further destruction to reach that level of acceptance. Now, with several years of sobriety, it’s quite clear my problem was never just a substance use or process disorder.
Today we’re gonna talk about managing stress and emotions. So, what I don’t want is for you to be experiencing any stress on this webinar. So I’d like you to sit back, relax, take it all in if you’ve got some chaos going on behind you, people running around, asking for snacks and you can’t figure out how to heat up your coffee without making noise on the microwave. Don’t worry about any of those things. Just do what you got to do. Let it all happen.
While trying to find the end of the internet and eating my feelings recently, the meme to the right popped up. First of all, it made me laugh. (You can follow @sobergrind on Instagram for more sobriety-oriented comic relief .) Then, I started to reflect on what my time in treatment was like. There were so many new rules! At the time, I was quite convinced the staff at Edgewood had designed the perfect system to torture me.
Nowhere in 12 Step programs does it say, “stay alone with your disease,” nor does it say “be distant from others.”
No doctor would suggest isolating in recovery. No physician, psychiatrist, no treatment centre. In fact, the idea of isolation runs contrary to pretty much every suggested modality of treatment for addiction.
Welcome to the reality of Spring 2020.
The year has been off to a rocky start, with conflicts in the Middle East, plane crashes, political and ethical issues with a certain president whose name rhymes with “rump,” and then a global lockdown due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic—and all this before spring! No doubt everyone is feeling the effects of such turmoil and changes to their lives and daily routines.