Why do I feel anxious when I stop drinking?

If you’re experiencing increased levels of anxiety in the early days of sobriety or moderation, that is completely normal. Unhealthy drinking and alcohol misuse often co-occur with anxiety and can serve as a coping mechanism for anxious thoughts. So when you stop or reduce your alcohol consumption, it’s common to feel more intense anxious feelings. Learning to manage negative or uncomfortable emotions is one of the fundamental components of recovering from alcohol dependency, and you don’t have to do it alone. We encourage you to check out our therapist-moderated support groups and one-on-one therapy options to help process those emotions. Here are 4 Tips To Manage Anxiety You Can Start Using Right Now.

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