Spotting a Dry Drunk in Your Life

There are people in recovery who are doing well, but then their loved ones find the relationship changed drastically. The bond has become brittle, and for the addict’s loved ones, it can feel like they’re always walking on eggshells. And this can be attributed to them being a dry drunk.

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What is a dry drunk?

A dry drunk is someone who may be sober and abstaining from drugs or alcohol. However, they are still struggling with the emotional and psychological issues that fueled their addiction to begin with. This is why they may still act like the way they were in active addiction without really being there.

Signs of a dry drunk

Due to unresolved emotional and psychological issues, a recovering addict may display signs of being a dry drunk. They may become lazy, irritable, aggressive, angry, ill-tempered, impatient, and easily annoyed.

Being a dry drunk can stem from many reasons:

  • resentment for people who put them in rehab
  • Annoyance or anger that they can’t do what they want to like before
  • Realizing that they aren’t as successful as they should be because of their addiction
  • Taking responsibility for all the mistakes and problems when they were in active addiction.
  • Challenging themselves
  • Jealousy of others

It’s important that recovering people should be surrounded by trusted loved ones and family member.

If you know someone who may be addicted to drugs or alcohol or is exhibiting signs of being a dry drunk, call Bridges of Hope: 09175098826.



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