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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:54 am 
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Now that You're not abusing opiates.....(numbing yourself),.....do You find that when You are angry or upset that the feelings You experience are overwhelming? I realize that early in recovery this is normal. But, I don't remember becoming so ANGRY like I do now. I get so angry sometimes, that I begin shaking and even crying. I hate being angry, and it dosen't happen very often (which may be why this is so surprising to me).....But when I get angry NOW, it's like it CONSUMES me.
Anyone else experiencing this? And if so, what (if anything) have you found helps deal with this Emotional Overload?!?


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Hi Marie,

I definitely understand what you're saying. When we're not self-medicating to numb our feelings, they do come rushing back, sometimes with a vengeance. I see a therapist weekly and being able to work on all of my old (and new) issues has helped immensely - more than I can even say, really. If for some reason seeing a therapist isn't an option for you, try starting a daily journal. Expressing those feelings will help more than you might think. I've learned that when emotions are intense and high, reason is low. When you can relieve some of the intense emotions - and expressing them can relieve them - then rational thinking starts to increase. When one is up the other is down - if that makes sense.

With that said, know that I'm not a therapist, just someone who's been in therapy for what seems like forever. Feel free to PM me if you'd like to.

Oh, and I've been known to express some of my feelings on this forum around so many supportive people.

Take care,

Melissa

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