Though the recovery community is vast, we are all loosely connected by the journey and the common desire for a better life.
But all of our stories are unique and everyone comes to this place via a different path. If you ask a group of people in recovery what made them stop drinking and seek sobriety, the most common answer will be some sort of stressful event.
That stressful event or events that spur sobriety can be either positive or negative, eustress or distress respectively. Perhaps some of the most impactful distress is the death of a loved one or friend from alcoholism or an alcohol-related death. In these and other situations of distress a person may having a hard time staying on the recovery track because they haven’t spent adequate time building coping skills. Eustress is positive stress like a new job or getting married. Sure the situation may be demanding but the outcome is usually more exciting than it is distressing.
Arguably the most life-changing form of (hopefully) eustress is a pregnancy. It’s been said on countless occasions, and in several facets that becoming a mother or a father changes your life, and that change is irrevocable.