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The Role of Coping in Survival

“Coping is normal. Demonizing how we have tried to support ourselves through some of the toughest moments and seasons in our lives will not help us heal. At the end of the day, everything we do in this process is toward the end of our healing, and healing requires that we honor all the tools we have used along the way. Alcohol served me until it didn’t. When it didn’t, I began the years-long process of trying to figure out how to remove it from my life to make room for other tools. I don’t know what role alcohol plays in your life right now, but if voices of shame are popping up to criticize how you have used alcohol to survive, I encourage you to try to speak to them words of compassion that honor how you were surviving.”

--The Rev. Erin Jean Warde, from Discerning Sobriety

I hope you can receive this word today and show compassion toward yourself and the ways you have coped in the past and the ways you are coping in the present.

In that spirit, I wonder...

What are some of the difficult messages that pop up when you think about coping? What are some positive reframes you can use to respond to those difficult messages?


  • Join in on the discussion on The Hive's Facebook Group

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  • Explore Erin Jean Warde’s website to learn more about her work.

  • Look through the Discerning Sobriety website to read about the course + community.

  • Browse the Discerning Sobriety course website to look at the lessons covered in the course and sign up for the January cohort.

  • Have questions about the course? Use the Contact Form on the DS website to reach out to Erin Jean.


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