I felt better and according to science, made better decisions if I took a few moments to calm myself.
When you give in to panic, you find yourself with two problems rather than one: The thing that’s scaring you, and the fact that you’re panicky and can’t reason clearly.
In most cases, the intrusive thoughts associated with addiction (cravings, disturbing images, etc) go away during the course of recovery.
We don’t need to ‘cure’ social anxiety, only to increase the individual’s level of control over his or her emotions…
You find yourself burdened with unfamiliar doubts and worries about the mechanics of living without alcohol and drugs. You wonder how you will ever adapt.
Somehow, your brain has interpreted this as a present threat and released anxiety chemicals into your system.
The trick is to find another reward to replace the one that’s no longer available. For instance, if we’re no longer going to have a cigarette with coffee after dinner, what other reward could we substitute in its place?
Sober Chrystal talks about the moment when her five years of sobriety hung in the balance and nearly went over the cliff.
Treatment generally includes identifying high risk situations and making a plan for dealing with them. Benny knew his sales meetings were high-risk; he just wasn’t willing to give them up without a trial. Three slips later, he acknowledged reality.