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When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking. - Albert Einstein

Name Those Feelings

Drinking is a great way to “not feel” or to mask feelings.  Once we start recovery we need to get rid of that “don’t feel rule”.  But it’s not always that easy.  I remember the first few weeks of being alcohol free.  It seemed like I was bursting at the seams with all the feelings that I had suppressed for so long.  I really had no idea what to do with them all, so I once again shut down.  In fact I couldn’t even name the feelings that I had.  The predominant feeling, however, was anger.

Anger is a symptom of an alcohol addiction, just like craving is a symptom.  Once we stop drinking alcohol, these symptoms stay around for awhile tempting us to give in to drinking.   Some nice person gave me a list of “feeling” words.  Once I could put a name to the feeling and then allowed myself to feel it, the feeling weakened and soon dissipated.  Someone once told me that a feeling never killed anybody.  And it’s true.

I want to pass some feeling words along to you.

Excited Devastated Furious Fearful Bewildered
Exuberant Hopeless Seething Panicky Trapped
Ecstatic Sorrowful Enraged Afraid Immobilized
Terrific Depressed Hostile Shocked Directionless
Jubilant Wounded Vengeful Overwhelmed Stagnant
Enthusiastic Drained Incensed Intimidated Flustered
Loved Defeated Abused Desperate Baffled
Thrilled Exhausted Humiliated Frantic Constricted
Marvelous Helpless Sabotaged Terrified Troubled
Valued Crushed Betrayed Vulnerable Ambivalent


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