I think we're over some sort of hump, b/c like you, I feel a lot better.
it ever go away? Not sure I'm much
of an expert on that, but I imagine that it never really does.
I think it just sort-of lies dormant within us, waiting to hop onto some other potential addictive quality that might present itself in our lives (food, gambling, rage, sex, love, alcohol, exercise, danger, spending, etc.).