Loving yourself in sobriety (or any time) can be tough, but ultimately it will help you love and care for others to the best of your ability.
I discovered the concept of love addiction at a recovery conference. As I listened, I shuddered as I realized how many of the boxes I ticked.
After a hard break-up, making a choice to remain celibate for a while feels like the greatest act of self-love I could choose right now.
As my breath improved, so did my ability to deal with stress, to get a good night’s sleep and to relax. As I learned to breathe deeply, I wanted to smoke much less. My need for alcohol faded as I learned to deal with stress and I also learned to like myself at last.