Recently, I had this realization that excitement and disappointment often felt the same. I was scared to get excited because I just knew disappointment would soon follow.
But then I would forget to celebrate the good things in life. And that kind of thinking can lead to a reactionary lifestyle.
When we have people we care about in our lives that have substance abuse issues, it's important to celebrate the victories, even if oftentimes there really is disappointment down the line. But celebrating and allowing yourself to be excited about things can help lead to a more grounded responsive approach to chaotic situations.