If you’re experiencing increased levels of anxiety in the early days of sobriety or moderation, that is completely normal. Unhealthy drinking often co-occurs with anxiety and can serve as a coping mechanism for anxious thoughts. So when you stop or reduce your alcohol consumption, it's common to feel more intense anxious feelings. Learning to manage negative or uncomfortable emotions is one of the fundamental components of this journey, and you don't have to do it alone. We encourage you to check out our therapist-moderated support groups and one-on-one therapy options to help process those emotions.