By Allen Berger, Ph.D.
Whether it’s called “dry drunk” or “white knuckle sobriety,” it’s that stage in recovery when we realize that “putting the plug in the jug” isn’t enough. The next step is taking responsibility for the emotional immaturity that fuels our addictive personality and has a tremendous impact on ourselves and others.
The book cites 12 hallmarks of emotional sobriety that, when practiced, give people the confidence to be accountable for their behavior, ask for what they want and need, and grow and develop a deeper trust in the process of life. These smart things include:
- understanding who you are and what’s important to you
- learning not to take others’ reactions personally
- trusting your inner compass
- taking responsibility for your reactions to problematic situations
It is in these practices that we find release from dependency on people or circumstances, and develop the tools to find prestige, security, and belonging within.
194 pages. Softcover. 2010.