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Quitting Drinking May Actually Make You More Depressed

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But Jenna says she also had very little energy and wasn’t feeling great, mentally or emotionally. She was feeling allllllllll the feelings, and a lot of them weren’t good.

“When I first embarked on my sober journey, a bustling Friday night spent prancing around Bushwick, sipping seltzer and having worthwhile conversations that I actually remembered, was followed by waking up Saturday morning feeling empty, depressed, and unable to get out of bed—and this continued for weeks”, says Jenna. She says that as someone who suffers from anxiety that she doesn’t take meds for, a cocktail or two after work a couple of days a week was her coping mechanism. Quitting drinking took away her way to unwind and relax.

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That’s not necessarily a bad thing, in a long run. For Jenna, it meant finding new, healthier ways to manage her stress and anxiety.

Detoxing is going to be a rough transition, there’s no other way around it. But if you feel like quitting drinking is the direction your life needs to take at the moment, getting sober (either for a little while or for good) can open your eyes to other ways to manage the icky feelings. It’s a very personal decision, and one that only you can make for yourself. But knowing what to expect, both the good and the bad, can really help make your newfound sobriety stick.

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