The author of the recovery mainstay 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery offers a fresh list of "smart" things to do to attain and sustain emotional sobriety.
It's that stage in recovery when we realize that "putting the plug in the jug" isn't enough. The next step is taking responsibility for the emotional immaturity that fuels our addictive personality.
It is in these practices that we find release from what Bill W. described as an "absolute dependence" on people or circumstances. We can then develop the tools to find strength within.