Something else to expect in your first year is the cropping up of uncomfortable emotions. Keep in mind the fact that you have been drowning your brain in chemicals, messing with your brain chemistry and leading to some inevitable and serious damage (though not permanent, in most cases). It will take awhile for your brain chemistry to return to normal, and for your emotions to regulate in a healthy way. It is perfectly normal to experience unexplainable lows, changes in mood, and increased anxiety. In fact, many treatment centers will offer psychological and psychiatric care, and many newly sober individuals will need to go on a low-dose anti-depression or anti-anxiety medication. In most cases, individuals will be tapered off of these medications within the first year – they are simply prescribed to help regulate brain activity. If you don’t go on medication, you will probably experience some swift changes in mood. Try to remember that emotions and feelings are always temporary – they are never permanent. Also, remind yourself that feeling this way is normal. You aren’t damaged, you aren’t weird, and you definitely aren’t alone. Ride out your emotions… allow yourself to experience them. This is simply a part of healing.