The Permeating Level of Anxiety (PLA) is often triggered by what I call “unfinished business”. Your unfinished business is compromised of your unmet needs from the past and present as well as projections about the future. Mostly, it speaks to past experiences which feel, well…unfinished!
Most of us at the start of our recovery process have a mountain of unfinished business, such as: conversations which need to take place; relationships which have no closure; tasks left undone; and life experiences that feel unresolved or incomplete. In the cycle of addiction, you have legitimate unmet needs but are unaware of them. You then use various thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to try and feel okay. But feeling okay for long is not possible when there is something legitimate that needs to be taken care of before you will feel peaceful and okay.