By Linda Lenzke
Hazelden’s online recovery site Sober24 provides an online fellowship for people who are sharing the journey of recovery from addiction and compulsive behaviors.
The site features “Our Stories” written by people like myself in recovery. I submitted this story over a year ago. It was originally written in response to a November 2010 class assignment from Sarah, “Mads, Sads, Glads: How I Handle Emotions.” As I describe in the piece, it wasn’t until I got sober and stopped “numbing out” with alcohol that I began fully experiencing my emotions.