Emotional intelligence refers to the way we understand our own feelings and the feeling of others.
Learning to identify your own emotions is an important part of your recovery. Boosting your emotional intelligence can help you achieve more fulfilling relationships, help you recover from substance abuse, and boost your overall success.
The role of emotional intelligence in addiction recovery
The start of many addictions originate in an attempt to avoid or cope with painful feelings. Building your emotional intelligence is key to avoiding relapse and staying free from addiction long term.
Getting physically sober is just the first step to recovery. Long term recovery and sobriety requires developing the emotional strength to cope with the challenging emotions that previously contributed to your addiction.
Getting emotionally sober
Imagine suddenly being faced with an obstacle to your recovery. Will you react with a knee-jerk, automatic response? Will a rush of emotions derail your recovery?
People who have difficulty identifying and and coping with fear, anger, hurt, or other strong feelings, are more likely to react by drinking or another unhealthy coping method. However, working with Dr. Washton you can train yourself to respond differently. You can build emotional intelligence.
Research has shown that a higher level of emotional intelligence is associated with lower levels of drinking and substance abuse.
Learning to identify and deal with your emotions, and the emotions of others, empowers you. Emotional intelligence can free you from the prison of negative emotions and automatic, unhealthy responses.
Learning emotional intelligence can take time, but the results can bring improvements to your relationships, your ability to get ahead in life, your ability to cope with stress and find the humor in tough situations, and your ability to choose how you respond to pressure.
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