Emotional Hangover


When I was drinking I had HORRIFIC hangovers and despite these hangovers, I drank time and time again.  It has been so long since I have had a hangover, I almost forgot what it was like…….  Emotional hangovers are good reminders….

In sobriety, I occasionally experience the ‘emotional hangover’.  It has been quite a while, but I have been suffering from one ALL weekend!

What is an emotional hangover?  According to Urban Dictionary an emotional hangover is:

The feeling you wake up with in the morning after an emotional breakdown from the night before. This feeling is sometimes a result from an argument, a deep sadness, an unfortunate loss, a break-up, drama, strong feelings of regret, conflicting emotions, etc.

What do you do for your emotional hangovers?  Me?  I stew in it for days, feeling sick and miserable before I even realize what is going on.  Once realized my current ‘hangover’ was DRAMA related I had my solutions:

  • I get to reflect on myself and my behavior – the spot check inventory.…..  Step 10, “…every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us.”  -pg. 90 12&12.
  • I have a choice: to remain in the negative, emotional situation OR not to participate in the drama….  Today I choose not to participate.  IT IS NOT WORTH IT!

It never ceases to amaze me how close the emotional hangover feels to that of my drinking days….  I hate the feeling…  I am blessed that I know the solution!  Even if it takes a few days to remember… 🙂


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