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The Empty Shell – Dealing with those feelings now that you are sober

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP

For those who never use may not understand what the attraction to substance abuse is. For many it is an escape from seemingly unbearable symptoms of anxiety, depression or other psychological symptoms. Often, it is a form of self-medicaton of symptoms the person does not understand. As someone finds the courage to leave this faithful friend of the substance, what is left is an empty shell. All of those emotional symptoms well up and overflow out of someone, leaving them to feel vulnerable, alone and helpless. Guide the empty shell you know to get the support thry need as they go on their journey through recovery. Fortunately there is a great community out there to offer help and support because it is a rigorous bumpy ride.


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