Originally Posted by gettingfit444
I have thought about it and wondered maybe if its because I have never really had to deal with emotions before because I was always under the influence of alcohol or had a cigarette when I was angry. I just hope it is not a more serious mental condition.
Hello gettingfit444 and welcome.
I believe you may have hit the nail on the head.
Alcohol and cigarettes were your mechanisms for coping.
Without them,it forces you to address issues on a daily basis,varying in intensity.
After 10 years of drinking,one has to give both their body and mind some time to adjust.
A year or more is not out of the ordinary,depending on the toll it took.
Have you considered either going for a physical,attending AA or even smokers anonymous?
There may be an underlying issue/condition that could be best addressed by a therapist.
Please note that there's nothing to be ashamed of when seeking help;it's the responsible thing to do.