After being a drunk for 16 years, I was shocked to find out that I struggled miserably in social situations in sobriety.
What had happened?
I felt like the Ice Man whenever I got around people – I felt like an alien that had just landed and needed to take a crash course in human behaviors or I was going to die.
Then, it slowly dawned on me that I had been running from any kind of stress for over 20 years, big or small.
If someone or something pissed me off between the ages of 20 to 36, I was heading to the bar or to the store to get some beer.
Of course, I don’t think we truly run from our problems – they just re-materialize later in different situations.